Clara Buhman

Coach name: Shane Schaefer

Sport: Bowling

Age: 16

Grade: 11

School: Bettendorf High School

Coach's reason for nomination: "Clarah has demonstrated a tremendous amount of responsibility and reliability," coach Shane Schaefer said. "Clarah shows genuine commitment to the team on a daily basis. She always supports her teammates and the coaching staff. Clarah shows up to practices on time and puts in the extra work after the other athletes have left practice for the day."

How does the athlete train for this sport? "It is a lot of practice and figuring out how to adjust to different lane conditions. I also did in-season lifting and am starting out-of-season lifting."

What advice would you give someone who wants to do this sport? "To start it's important to have your own ball and shoes that fit you and then do not get discouraged by a bad game."

What are athlete's plans after high school? "My college is undecided right now, but I plan to study in the Parks and Natural Resources field."

--Katie Lent