Poland, OH (WYTV) – Gymnastics is a sport that can teach you a lot about yourself and Nicole Ruse is a great example of what hard work can accomplish. The Poland senior has come a long way in her career, and is just as competitive in the classroom, and that’s why she’s our Student Athlete of the Week.
“I love the sport because it’s tough and it’s shaped me to be a tough person,” said Ruse. “I’ve learned how to get through pressure at school because of the pressure I get here.”
Nicole spends more than 20 hours a week in the gym, and has worked her way up to a Level 9 gymnast, one of the highest classifications. But not everything has come easy…in fact, a sprained ankle forced her to end her senior season just before the State Meet.
“In this sport, you get disappointments all the time. It happens, you have to pick yourself back up and get over it and then just keep working hard at it again,” said Ruse. “It’s framed everything in my life, it makes me want to do better in school. School’s a break from gym and gym’s a break from school.”
Nicole sets the bar just as high in the classroom. She’s on track to be valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA, and get this, she’s never got a ‘B’ in school…ever.
“If I got a ‘B’, I mean it wouldn’t be the end of the world,” she said. “But I think just because freshman year I said, if I go through this whole year with A’s…I’m gonna do it, I’m going be valedictorian.”
That drive has made Nicole the person she is today. She plans to attend Ohio State to study Chemical Engineering next fall, but will never forget her time in the gym.
“They’re like my second family. They’re always here for you whether you’re having trouble in school or here or anything. When I do something here and I do it perfectly, it just makes me feel confident.”