Senior Clay Bergen has been nominated as the October Heartland Beat Student of the Month by Heartland football coach Matt Maltsberger.Â â€œClay truly epitomizes what it means to be a student athlete at Heartland Community Schools.Â He excels in the classroom maintaining a cumulative 3.8 GPA, while dedicating himself to three sports as well as band,â€ said Maltsberger.
Like many student athletes, it hasnâ€™t always been an easy road.Â â€œI had some knee problems my freshman year and again my junior year that sidelined me from playing football and basketball for awhile,â€ said Bergen.Â The knee is good now and Bergen has really enjoyed playing tight end and defensive end for the Huskies.Â â€œCoach Maltsberger has really helped me as a coach with his knowledge and ability to put me in the right place.Â I hope I can eventually play college football,â€ said Bergen.
Exhibiting â€œhigh characterâ€ is also on Coach Maltsbergerâ€™s list when he describes why he nominated Bergen as student of the month. â€œClay does things the â€˜Huskie wayâ€™ (right way) and he is a role model to young Huskies at Heartland through his actions and willingness to serve.Â Iâ€™ve never heard him complain or judge others and that speaks volumes for who Clay is as a young man,â€ said Maltsberger.
Coach Maltsberger likes Bergenâ€™s â€œhumble and workman like attitudeâ€ in everything he does.Â Bergenâ€™s summers have been filled with weight lifting and attending sports camps to make himself a better athlete.Â He also works part time at his grandfatherâ€™s construction firm where he has learned some very valuable work skills.Â
Given his accomplishments and personality, itâ€™s not surprising that Bergen was recently crowned Homecoming King.Â Congratulations to Bergen for being chosen as this monthâ€™s Heartland Beat Student of the Month!Â
Written by Shannon Siebert
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