Two Lady Pirates represent Nordheim at Jr. Olympic Games
By Robert Proctor
The start of the 2017-2018 school year is still a few days away for Nordheim ISD, but two Lady Pirate athletes spent the summer working hard, qualifying for the AAU Junior Olympic Games.
Eighth graders Emagen Styra and Danielle Wilson represented Nordheim at the Jr. Olympics in Michigan.
Styra placed eighth in shot put with a throw of 35 feet and 7.75 inches. There were 64 competitors in the 13-year-old division.
Wilson qualified in discus, finishing sixth out of 49 in the same division as Styra with a throw of 89 feet and one inch.
“It was my first time going, and it was pretty fun,” Styra said of taking part in the event.
Wilson has been throwing discuss for four years now, after learning she had a bit of a knack for it.
“My parents wanted me to do it, so I did it,” Wilson recalled. “I didn’t really like it at first. Once I started doing it, I got into liking it, and it gave me something to do during the summer.”
Both Styra and Wilson enjoyed the chance to meet new people during their time at the Jr. Olympics.
Other than track, Styra and Wilson participate in basketball and volleyball for the Lady Pirates, while Wilson also plays tennis in the spring.
When they’re not playing sports, Styra likes showing animals, and Wilson enjoys music.