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Wrage shines in school sports & extracurriculars

July 20, 2014
Kelli Kleppe - Dysart Reporter , Reinbeck Courier

Maria Wrage has made some pretty extraordinary accomplishments during her time at Union High School. Maria has participated in volleyball and track since the day she was allowed to sign up in 7th grade. She has always had a passion for being active and doing anything outdoors. When Maria isn't studying for school or training for sports, she loves to go camping and just spend time with friends and family.

Maria recently competed at the state competition for high jump in track and field. She also does some sprinting and running in track, but due to having shin splints, Maria has really been able to focus and excel in the high jump. Last year, Maria also made it to state in the high jump category. She took runner up, but that wasn't enough to keep her satisfied. She spent the next year training hard, and giving it her all. This year, it really paid off as Maria took first place in the high jump.

Track and field is not the only sport that Maria has been to state for. She has also enjoyed playing volleyball at Union for many years. This year, the Union High School volleyball team also made it to state competition, where they advanced to the semifinal round.

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Justin Parson, head coach of the Union High School track and field team, is pictured with Maria Wrage displaying her plaque for placing at the state track meet in Des Moines.
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Maria also participates in a club league for volleyball. The league begins almost directly after the school season ends in November. Maria was faced with challenges at the beginning of the club year due to a stress fracture in her leg. She did not let this get her down, however. Maria still supported her team by going to practices and cheering them on, and after the long six weeks of waiting she was able to get on the court.

The team is called Club Iowa, and they recently just participated in nationals in Minneapolis. All year, the team competes in matches and tournaments to earn bids to nationals, and this year they made it.

Sports are not the only things that keep Maria busy every single day. She just returned from a field trip to Germany. 19 students, all from Union, just spent three weeks touring and learning about German culture. All of the students have been studying German in high school for a few years and were very excited to get the chance to see everything in person. Maria said she was nervous - but very excited - for the trip, as this was her first time overseas and also her first vacation without her family. She said that her favorite part of the trip was all the wonderful architecture and the old buildings.

Now that Maria is back on U.S. soil, she is focusing on her senior year of high school. She is excited to be a mentor and leader for all of the younger students at Union next year. Maria will still be playing volleyball and track, as she is focusing on picking out a college she would like to attend. She would also like to pursue college volleyball in the future. If her high school accomplishments are any indication, Maria has a bright future ahead of her.



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