Neillsville’s Bella Opelt: Pancakes or Waffles? A Look at the Future Educator

Neillsville (OnFocus) – Neillsville’s Bella Opelt is a three-sport standout for the Warriors, excelling in all seasons of play. Catching up to outstanding area student-athletes isn’t easy, but we managed to snag Opelt for the world famous interview and all-important culminating question with the same title:  ‘Pancakes or Waffles?’

OnFocus: What classes are you taking this year?

Opelt: I am taking Trigonometry, Choir, Parents & Children, Intro to Sociology, Speech, and Intro to Teaching. The next semester I will be taking Trigonometry, choir, Intro Psychology, and a teaching practicum.

OnFocus: What is your favorite class?

Opelt: My favorite class this year would have to be the Intro to Teaching class.

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OnFocus: What are your hobbies?

Opelt: Besides sports, I enjoy reading, going on adventures, and hanging out with friends.

OnFocus: Who is/was your favorite teacher?

Opelt: My favorite teacher would be Mrs. Stanley.

OnFocus: What is the most unusual food you have eaten?

Opelt: Mac and Cheese & Ketchup.

OnFocus: What is your favorite music to listen to?

Opelt: Country.

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OnFocus: What are your plans after high school?

Opelt: I plan on going to Ripon College and continue my basketball career and major in Early Childhood Education.

OnFocus: If they made a movie about you, and your life, what would it be called?

Opelt: “Life of a High School Athlete.”

OnFocus: What sports do you play?

Opelt: Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball.

OnFocus: Which teammate would you not want to be stranded with on a deserted island?

Opelt: My sister because we would end up arguing the entire time.

OnFocus: What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?

Opelt: My favorite moments would be all the bus rides and team dinners that we had.

OnFocus: Who is your favorite athlete?

Opelt: Kobe Bryant.

OnFocus: What do you enjoy most about playing home games?

Opelt: I like the feeling of knowing that my grandparents or other family members might be there at the game to watch me.

OnFocus: What’s the best thing about being a student-athlete at Neillsville?

Opelt: You get pushed to be a better person not just in school but in sports too.

OnFocus: What words of wisdom can you give to other student-athletes?

Opelt: Always give 100% whether it be in the classroom or during sports.

OnFocus: Lastly, pancakes or waffles?

Opelt: Waffles.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]