Standout Student: Cooper’s Nathan Welle Crushing Swimming Records
When Nathan Welle graduates from Cooper High School this spring, he definitely will have left his mark on Cooper swimming. The senior excels in the pool, in the classroom and in the choir.
Teacher Anne Johnson says Nathan is fun to have in class.
“It is very true that students who are usually the class clown are the ones that are getting Cs and with Nathan that’s not true,” says Johnson, who taught Welle in a two-year International Baccalaureate physics course. “I think because of his personality as well as drive, I don’t think there’s anything that can stop him.”
Nathan is a strong academic student and is known for his equally strong work ethic. He works at being a student and he works in the pool too, as an outstanding swimmer.
“I feel like the harder you work, the higher your reward in the end,” said Nathan. “I have discipline and hard work in and out of the pool.”
Nathan has been swimming since he was age 9 and has had a great senior season. He finished ninth overall in state. He set several school records along the way.
Out of the pool, Nathan is also part of the concert choir and enjoys the experience too.
“It’s fun to be able to do a fun activity with people you are so close with,” says Nathan. “Obviously you get really good vocal cords as well, so it’s a lot of fun.”
But Nathan doesn’t soar alone. Johnson says he’s always quick to lift up those around him.
“He’s just been the bright light,” says Johnson.