Fremont’s finest, Marybai Huking, accepted Weber School District’s Excellence in Achievement award on January 7th, 2015.
Principals nominate their students to receive this award through the district. This January, Fremont was chosen and Dr. Belnap nominated Huking to accept this award.
The Excellence in Achievement award recognizes students for standing on top. Huking was selected for academics and athletic achievements in light of her disability.
“You can’t say that you have a disability unless you recognize it as such,” Huking said. “You can’t see it as something to hold you back. I see my blindness that as something that can push me forward.”
Huking is academically driven and Weber School District has noticed that.
“[Academic success is] something that has pushed me to be more motivated and to show others that I don’t define myself as someone that is disabled,” said Huking.
She also was in the spotlight for her outstanding athletic ability. Huking is a part of the paralympic sport, blindfold goalball. She is on the US national women’s team, traveling all over the globe to play and compete.
I’ve seen the change that sports can have on a person and how they see themselves,” Huking said. “I guess that goes with not seeing blindness as a disability.”
What is next for Huking shows her ambition. In 2016, she travels to Rio as a perspective paralympian. Then shortly after graduation, she will go to Portland State University.