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Jaron Berig: Great Man, Even Better Friend


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Football drives Senior Jaron Berig. He said being a part of the football team has been the highlight of his high school career. 

“Every year I get excited for it, I love being with the team, and being on the field with the guys,” Berig said. “Even though I have my bad days during practice, I always remember those good days where I’m with my team and that’s all that matters, and at least trying to make history, I think that’s gonna be one of the things I’m gonna miss most about high school. Nick Fawcett, football coach, said he admires Jaron’s attitude.

“What I admire about Jaron is that he knows that he is not the most naturally gifted football player, but that never prevents him from trying his absolute best every day in practice and on Friday nights,” Fawcett said. “Jaron consistently asks questions and does his best to get things done the right way to make his teammates better. When he does not get things done the right way, you can tell just how much it affects him, but that never prevents him from trying again and getting the job done. His persistence, unwavering dedication and commitment to the team over himself and his “never give-up” attitude are what make Jaron such a great team member for us. The best thing about it though, is that those same qualities are exactly what will make him successful in life, which is the true measure of a man, not their skill on a football field.”

Berig said his favorite memories from being on the football team are when they’re just doing normal things.  

“[Being] in the locker room with all the guys, listening to music, joking around, having a good time before the game starts, putting on all your gear, I think that’s what I’ll always remember years later,” Berig said.

Senior Italia Gutierrez said, “Jaron’s a guy who you can rely on because he’s always got your back.” 

Junior Seth Grice agreed with her. “Jaron’s a great guy,” Grice said. “I know that I can always trust him.” 

Jaron plans on attending Northwest Kansas Technical College and studying Criminal Justice in hopes of becoming a police officer. He was inspired to want to become a cop after his old house in Aurora, Colorado was robbed and ever since then he has hated crime and criminals and feels like being a cop will allow him to prevent others from being robbed.

Jaron said he is grateful to finally be one of the seniors he’s looked up to his entire high school career.

“It makes me feel excited for what’s to come next and it is a good feeling, too, that I’m almost done with high school,” Berig said. “It feels like the final chapter of the book.”

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