Belding HS student receives Sports Illustrated award

Greta Wilker playing softball
Greta Wilker playing softball

BELDING, Mich. (WOTV) A high school senior from Belding has been named Sports Illustrated’s High School Athlete of the Month.

“I was kind of speechless. I didn’t really know how to react,” said Greta Wilker, who managed to secure 16 varsity letters in her time at Belding High School.

Wilker received the Sports Illustrated award in a ceremony Wednesday, May 11.

Wilker earned four varsity letters each in volleyball, basketball, track and field and softball.

She has been an all-state softball selection, qualified for the state track meet, placed first in the regionals meet in shot put and an all-conference volleyball pick.

If that isn’t enough, Wilker also trains Paws With A Cause dogs, according to the Sports Illustrated article. She is currently training her fourth dog, a seven-month-old golden retriever named Porsche.

Wilker will graduate first in her class with a 4.2 GPA before heading to Emory University in Atlanta this fall.

“Emory, then hopefully after that medical school and way future down the line work in orthopaedic surgery,” she told 24 Hour News 8.

Looking back over her time at Belding High, Wilker said she hopes she set a good example for younger students.

“Your community is the best aspect of your life when you’re younger. Find a way to give back to your community. I’ve learned so much about myself from who I want to be through that. I think being involved with your community is the best thing you can do,” she explained.

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Sports Illustrated article on Wilker

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