Two seniors exemplify leadership and kindness


Hayden Richens (left) and Nate Berg (right) are united in their love for senior Casey Carlton (middle).

Seniors Nate Berg and Hayden Richens embody senior excellence. They share many positive characteristics but also know how to have a good time.

Berg is known throughout the school as a fun-loving Bronc superstar who plays football and runs hurdles in track. On and off the field Berg is known as a light-hearted senior who gets along with everyone. Teammates who compete with him would agree that, “He’s really dedicated and really cares about what he does. He’s one of the more passionate people I’ve met. He wants the best for everyone,” said junior Ethan Hoopes. But, it’s not only his teammates who appreciate Berg’s performance on the sports team, coaches also believe his presence is extremely important, as coach Art Baures said, “Nate is highly motivated and very passionate about what he does. He loves track and always has a desire to get better, he’s worked really hard to get where he’s at.”

One of Berg’s best moments was being part of the medley relay at the Simplot Games, a national meet that showcases some of the best indoor track athletes in the nation. As senior teammate Kyle Dietsche said, “He helped set the tone to put us in position to take the lead and helped us get fourth place.” Berg has continued to carry this excellence into the outdoor track season, “He’s a great teammate who gets us pumped up before the 4×400,” said Dietsche.

All in all, Berg is an amazing person in everything he does. He has a phenomenal attitude and is always excited about what he’s doing. Another great example of this is he was willing to share his feature with Richens.

Richens on the other hand leads by example, “He’s very physical despite his small stature and makes the team better by bringing the effort everyday,” said junior Reed Ritterbusch.

Everyday you can find Richens making a difference around SHS, “Every time I see him, there’s a smile on his face and he expects perfection from himself and the people around him,” said senior Caleb Sawyer. Richens exemplifies this by participating in Adaptive P.E where he helps students less fortunate than him get physical activity. He works hard to make their lives better and helps to encourage them to do their best.

On the field we works the same way encouraging all his teammates to better themselves, “He’s a fast learner and dedicated to make our team succeed with everything he does,” said Ritterbusch. This year he is part of the boy’s soccer that is currently 3-1-2 and looking for another state championship.

“He has focus, great character, and so much in front of him. He has a positive future of doing amazing things in everything he does,” said Berg, “plus he’s in love with Casey Carlton.” After high school Richens believes he will go on a mission because, “I think it would be cool to travel somewhere else in the world,” said Richens. And, after that he plans on pursuing a career in orthopedics and, “hopefully from there live an affluent happy life with a smoking hot, gorgeous wife.”