Kaczinski hit the podium next, and he broke his advice-giving speech into four pieces. He focused on passion, discipline, sacrifice and having priorities as his main selling points.
“You need to love what you do, and college student-athletes are really passionate about what they do, and I’m looking forward to that,” Kaczinski said.
His thoughts on discipline, “I’ve had to say no to hanging out with friends sometimes, because I know what I need to do in order to become successful.”
Kaczinski is one of two Northeast seniors heading to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to compete. The cross country and track star will head to Wartburg College to become a distance runner.
Anderson’s speech was short, yet direct.
“Easily the greatest achievement that I’ve had in my high school career didn’t happen in athletics; making the honor society is something that I’m very proud of,” Anderson said.
Anderson will compete in cross country for Clarke College in Dubuque.
Moeller had the longest speech of the afternoon, rounding out at just under five minutes. The seasoned public speaker said that he’s excited for the challenges that Wisconsin-Platteville will give him.
“During one of my visits, head coach Mike Emendorfer told me ‘I’m going to make you a man, a student, then a football player, in that order’ and that really resonated with me,” Moeller said.
Moeller credited the Northeast FFA chapter for a lot of his success, and that makes sense since Moeller will study crop and soil science along with animal science at Platteville.
Krogman rounded out the six speeches by reiterating a lot of what the preceding five had said, but he left with this: “Don’t let anyone stop you. Go after what fuels you.”
Krogman will head to Loras College in Dubuque to play soccer. Loras went to the Division III Final Four in San Antonio this past season.