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Senior Student Athlete Profile: Keegan Wattenhofer (Sebeka)

By Craig Olson, 05/02/20, 10:00AM CDT


Sebeka senior Keegan Wattenhofer was a member of the boys’ basketball cheerleading squad for the Trojans.

“My favorite memory from cheerleading was when we traveled to Fargo with the basketball team for our first away game as a new cheer team,” recalled Wattenhofer.  “Sports have impacted my life by teaching me how to be a leader, which is a skill everyone should learn.  Being in cheer has also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.”

“I will never forget when Keegan first game to our elementary cheer camp as a third grader,” commented Cheerleading Coach Sarah Kuschel.  “A determined young girl with a smile that brightened the gym every day. Four years ago Keegan’s name showed up on the list of those interested in trying out and starting our basketball cheer program back up. Her contagious smile, love for dancing and determination was welcomed back to the gym. She was a strong leader in the gym, classroom and in our community during her high school career. She was always willing to help the underclassman learn material or veterans brush up on skills, a true mentor to all. I will greatly miss her leadership and drive for continued improvement. I am thankful to have been her coach and look forward to where her journey takes her. I hope she will always remember the memories and friendships created and that a smile will take you places.”

Wattenhofer plans on attending Minnesota State Community and Technical College this fall.  “I will be double-majoring,” she says.  “My first major is AA-Liberal Arts and Sciences and my second is Paralegal AAS.”

Keegan enjoyed math subjects at Sebeka, saying, “Math seems to come naturally to me.  I also enjoy history as that is the most interesting subject for me.”

As for dealing with not being able to be in school, “I’ve been dealing with not being able to be in school by making sure I still get interaction with my friends throughout the week.  I’ve also been trying to keep myself busy, whether I’m with my family, doing a puzzle, or riding four-wheeler.”

Parting words to underclassmen are, “Do not take any of your high school memories for granted.  Don’t dread getting up in the morning to go to the same old classes every day because you never know when you won’t be able to experience it again.  Expect absolutely anything and everything to happen throughout high school.  Lastly, don’t blink because it goes by way faster than you think!  Take in every single little moment!”