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By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — The salutatorian of the Elk Mound High School Class of 2021 is Nate Lew, the son of David and Susan Lew of Eau Claire.
Nate says being named salutatorian is a meaningful way for his academic efforts to be acknowledged.
“It means a lot to me because it feels good to be recognized for all the work I have done over the years,” he said.
Nate, who has been active in sports during his time at Elk Mound High School, says one experience he will always remember involved football.
“The most memorable event while I was in high school was a football game at Durand my junior year. It was a great game, and we ended up winning and having a great time during the game and on the bus ride home. It was one of the best times of high school,” he said.
During his high school career, Nate’s favorite classes were Calculus, Advanced Biology and Spanish.
“The people that were in all of these classes were fun to interact and hang out with which made the classes enjoyable. The teachers that taught me made the time in class interesting and entertaining,” he said.
Nate’s activities at EMHS included football, baseball, basketball and E-Club.
“Football was my favorite activity because of the friends I made and the memories I created with them. There was never a dull moment at practice or during games because of my teammates and I always having a good time,” he said.
Baseball will play a part in Nate’s plans for the summer, too.
“After graduation, I will be focusing on finishing out the remainder of my baseball season and enjoying summer vacation,” he said.
When fall arrives, Nate is planning to attend UW-LaCrosse and will be majoring in biology.
“I decided to major in biology because of how much I enjoyed biology, and science in general, in high school,” he said.
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption in just about every part of daily life, and perhaps none more so than school.
“The experiences in my senior year were definitely unorthodox and different from a regular year, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t enjoyable. I did miss out on a lot of school events and activities like assemblies and dances, but I feel as though we made the best out of it,” Nate said.