By Sydney Goldenstein
For her involvement in track and field as well as gymnastics, the female athlete of the month for March is senior Laci Burtard.
Burtard was born on Sept. 30, 1997. Her parents are Cury and Tammy. She has one brother, Lane, and two dogs, Axel and Gus.
Burtard maintains a 3.7 average GPA. Her favorite subjects are algebra and anatomy.
“I like working with equations and learning about the body,” said Burtard.
Her track events include long jump, sprint medley, 4×200 meter, 4×100 meter and open 100 meter.
As a pre-meet ritual, she likes to relax herself and stay focused.
“The best thing about track is running in relays with my friends,” said Burtard. “The worst is workouts during practice.”
Her favorite sports memory was during gymnastics this year: getting first place on beam at regionals with a score of 9.2. Her favorite overall high school memory was state track her sophomore year.
Burtard’s best track meet was at state as a sophomore, when they placed 7th in the 4×200 meter and the sprint medley.
“I think that if our relays work as hard as they did last year, we will be state qualifiers again,” said Burtard.
Her best advice to underclassmen is, “Enjoy high school; it goes by faster than you think it will.”
Some of Laci’s favorite things include the movie Creed, the book The Glass Castle, and the T.V. show How I Met Your Mother. Her favorite sport is gymnastics, and her famous athlete role model is Olympic Athlete Shawn Johnson. Her hobbies include camping, jet skiing, and shopping.
“If you are afraid of failure, you do not deserve success” is her all-time favorite quote.
Burtard’s confidence boost is to think about positive outcomes in situations.
Her biggest supporters are her family and friends, with her mother being her biggest role model.
“She is an amazing person and I strive to be like her,” said Burtard.
Burtard’s goal for high school is to graduate with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
She plans to attend NJC and then transfer to a four year college, where she will study to be a Physician’s Assistant (PA).
“I’m hoping that in 10 years I will become a PA and start a family,” said Burtard.