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Wick takes on life with gusto

Cindy Ramunno

This girl stands out ” big time. When friends describe Katie Wick, they say she always gives 110 percent and is an amazing team player. Wick is graduating from Eagle Valley High School soon, and after working in the valley this summer, she’s heading north to Greeley to start classes at the University of Northern Colorado. Wick will also finish the last two of three steps to become a paramedic through Aimes Community College, which is also located in Greeley. She completed the first step of the program through Colorado Mountain College.

Wick was born in Vail and lived in Eagle-Vail during her first few years. At 4 years old, she and her parents moved to Eagle. Three years later, her sister Carly was born. Wick will probably end up in the nursing program at UNC and minor in outdoor recreation. Since she will become a paramedic simultaneously, she will know exactly which path to take in order to find the perfect fit for her in a health related field. “I really wanted a direction when I went to school,” says Wick. “I love the paramedic program ” it’s really perfect for me,” she adds.

At Eagle Valley, Wick was extremely involved in student government, drama productions and sports. Her senior year, she was the vice president of student council and Leo. Wick has competed at the state level in nordic skiing and track for the Devils. She also ran cross-country for Battle Mountain High School. She is currently working at Caswell and Massey in Vail Village, and plans on working through the summer.

And that’s not all. The out-going, talented senior can do nails and hair. Friends of hers have received amazing French manicures from Wick, which is a talent she can take with her to the dorms. Female prom-goers were showing off their nails to their envious mothers who wanted to know, “who did these?” “She’s always been really good with hair and nails,” laughs her own mom, Carol.

Wick’s teachers and parents say she embraces life and sees the big picture. Her teachers also say she’s unselfish and a joy to have in class. Teacher Susan Scott made a connection with Wick her freshman year. “Mrs. Scott is amazing ” she saw some leadership potential in me and got me involved in that aspect of high school,” says Wick. Scott will also miss the relationship with Wick. “I’ve really enjoyed teaching and coaching Katie throughout her high school career. She has strong leadership skills that will help her throughout life. She is one of the most compassionate and sincere young ladies I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” says Scott.

Although Wick is excited to go away, she will miss the small town atmosphere and can see herself later on back in a small town. Her love of the mountains could even bring her back here. If you need someone in a medical emergency, this is the girl you would want by your side.

“My hope for Katie is that she goes for the gusto in college like she did in high school,” says mom Carol. Don’t worry, Mom, she will.

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