Grace Nickas
Grace Nickas, freshman, wakes up at 5:30 a.m., goes to school for seven hours, then hurries to downtown Portland to the Rose City Row Club where she rows for three hours every day. Rowing is her passion.

“Rowing is just fun; it’s extremely relaxing and all the stress just goes away,” she said. “You can only focus on rowing and that’s where your mind goes. You can’t look on things going around you because it requires full attention.”

Nickas wants to continue rowing throughout college and possibly into her post-college life. She wants to go out of state for college--possibly to the University of Washington because it is one of the top rowing clubs in the country. She doesn’t want to stay in state because “the rowing for Oregon colleges aren’t as good.” When she’s not rowing, she is either reading nonfiction books or watching “Friends” on TV.

Due to her love of literature and entertainment, Nickas is loving Amplifier.

Nickas joined journalism because her eighth grade Language Arts teacher, Graeme Sandell insisted she take it.

“He wouldn’t leave me alone,” Nickas said, “He wouldn’t stop bugging me and made sure I’d take journalism.”

The switch from middle school to high school is also a positive move for Nickas.

“There is so much more freedom and I can meet so many more people,” she said. Although rowing is her top priority, Nickas still manages to stay on top of her school work as well as writing for Amplifier.

Grace Nickas, Staff Reporter

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