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Athlete of the Month - October 2009 Adam Nevells - Spartan Water Polo Club

Let me tell you about Adam, I coached this young man since third and fourth grade football, middle school football, middle school water polo and then high school water polo where he held a GPA of 3.692. I watched this young leader develop into one of the most positive people you would ever want to meet. I followed him through his other achievements as a Boy Scout, Wrestler and Band Member, where he has left a significant impact on many in the Okemos Community. Also, for three years he volunteered with his mom, raising money for the Children's Miracle Network, through the Tim Staudt's Ultimate Golf Outing. Another heartfelt opportunity that he was a part of was taking the time out to plant flags at the cemetery on memorial weekends.

Adam has been captain for the Okemos water polo team for the past two years and was considered one the top goalies in the State of Michigan. In his two years as junior varsity goalie he led his team to record number of wins. He was also a member of the Spartan Water Polo club and went to Junior Olympics the last two years which was held in California. What I enjoyed about Adam is that he wanted to improve on and approached practices and games with that attitude. He was always very optimistic with his teammates and took time to help out the junior varsity goalie. Adam had developed into a coach in and out of the water. He led his team last year to record number of total wins and wins at home.

In Adam's three years in band, he has been an essential part of the ensemble as each year the band received superior ratings at band festival. Adam was the baritone saxophone in Okemos High School concert band and provided the bass voice to our woodwinds without which the band would not have been able to perform the quality of music appropriate for a High School Band. He also performed with a saxophone ensemble and was a key player in leading the group through rehearsals. His leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication were evident each day when he walked into rehearsal.

Adam was an exceptional wrestler and captain. The last few years he placed in the CAAC league meets and at numerous tournaments throughout the season. Adam wrestled on the varsity team every year of his high school career accumulating 25 or more wins each year. He was on track to achieving a 100+ career wins, which is quite a difficult feat to achieve. Adam was committed to building and supporting the wrestling program in Okemos. He volunteered his time to coach and mentor young wrestlers in the Youth MYWAY wrestling program, after the high school practices. After the high school wrestling season Adam would spend time working out and teaching the middle school wrestlers. During the summer he would attend multiple camps at other high schools and universities. Adam was in contact with multiple College coaches, with excellent prospects to continue his wrestling career while achieving his degree in biomedical engineering.

Adam was a remarkable student at Okemos High School. Another one of his many talents was his involvement in the Okemos Channel in filming, where he filmed anything from school plays to board meetings. Adam was also working to complete his final requirement to achieve the Boy Scouts highest rank, Eagle Scout.

At his funeral there were over 500 people that attended and over 150 that traveled for the grave site service. It was evident that Adam left a memory with many because of his award-winning personality.

Therefore, I feel that this young leader who served as a vast role model for his school and community should represent your next athlete of the week.

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