Joe Swanson is a senior at Bonners Ferry High School, and his dedication to athletics and academics has brought success for him in both areas.
“I enjoy sports, particularly soccer and track,” said Joe, who has also maintained a 4.0 GPA. “I love long jumping and hope to beat the school record by the end of the season.”
Joe shares that he has struggled with back problems, but that has not stopped him from pursuing the sports he loves. “The biggest thing that helps is to push through and keep fighting. Although it still hurts, it is a good accomplishment knowing I gave everything I could,” said Joe. He is especially proud of how he was able to push through his pain at districts for track and made it to state competition.
When it comes to track, Joe especially enjoys the field events. “I love the long jump, and it helps to have a supportive coach, team and fellow competitors,” he said.
Joe will attend Utah State University in the fall where he will be in the trade program studying technology and taking courses to become a diesel mechanic. “I enjoy working with my hands and fixing equipment,” said Joe, who also enjoys woodworking.
Being an athlete has taught Joe many life lessons, one of which is that hard work will pay off. “Always give your best effort in everything,” said Joe. “If you work hard, it will pay off in the end, and you will know you gave your best effort.”