Thomas Muhlecke

Athlete of the Week: Thomas Muhlecke, Pontiz Career Technology Center

Name: Thomas Muhlecke

School: Pontiz

Grade: 2017 graduate

Age: 18

Sports: Track and field

Claim to fame/honors: Competes in long jump and relays; headed to University of Nebraska to study electrical engineering

Bet you didn’t know … I play saxophone

Words you live by: Keep moving forward

Toughest opponent: Myself because you’ve always got to compete to get better

Biggest influence: My momma. She’s always there to pick me up when I’m down

Meet-day rituals: Listen to music to clear my head

What’s on your bedroom walls: Gaming posters (Super Mario III and Donkey Kong)

When I’m bored I like to … take apart electronics and fix them

Person who would play you in a movie: Johnny Depp

Favorite TV show: I don’t really watch TV

Favorite musical artist: I listen to every genre

I can’t live without: Technology

I can live without: Negativity

Event you’d like to attend: The Olympics, but not as a viewer, as a runner

Favorite home-cooked meal: Momma’s fried chicken

Favorite restaurant: Chipotle

Favorite smell: Buffalo chicken wings

Favorite cereal: Frosted Mini Wheats

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Best Buy

Vegetable you won’t eat: I do not eat vegetables

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Usain Bolt

Whose mind would you like to read? Stephen Hawking

Place where you’d love to travel? Ancient Egypt

Talent you’d like to have? Being able to absorb more knowledge

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite athlete: Usain Bolt

Favorite team: Nebraska Cornhuskers; I bleed Cornhusker red

Favorite Olympic sport: Track and field in 400

Something in the world I’d like to change: World peace

Favorite junk food: Glazed donuts

Best thing about track: It’s not only an individual sport, it’s a team sport with a relay with guys you can trust

In 10 years, I hope to be … electrical engineering living in California

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