Nauman, a junior at Spanish Springs, is a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and golf. He is also enrolled in two Advanced Placement classes, an Honors course and four additional classes that are setting him up for the Honors diploma upon graduation.
Nauman said the combination of athlete and student is more than meets the eye.
“Managing the schedule is harder than most people think,” he said. “Practice is right after school so you can’t go home and I am taking seven classes with a zero period so I have every class filled. I try to make extra time during the week to get my homework done during those times and I definitely don’t take as many naps as I used to.”
Still, it is Nauman’s competitive nature that brings many of his classes to life.
“Everything I do I have to make it competitive,” he said. “We play games in Spanish all the time, and I get competitive at those, and my teacher has to tell me to calm down. I don’t like to lose.”
Along with his competitive streak, Nauman enjoys being challenged in the classroom. Subjects such as math and history, as they have progressed each year, have challenged him to work progressively harder to maintain high standards.
“Freshman and sophomore year, as far as honors classes, were all right but when you get into the AP classes that’s when it gets tough,” he said. “You have to buckle down, get responsible and do your work. There have been a couple times this year where I have been up until 12 o’clock finishing homework for AP Environmental that will be due next class. I just can’t be lazy.”
When the juggling of traveling for sports and loads of homework is finished, Nauman said secondary education is a no-brainer for him.
The only questions remaining are where to go and what to study.
“I am definitely going to go to college, the only problem is where. And I still don’t know what I want to study,” Nauman said. “I want to study something that I don’t dread doing every day. Maybe something with history or archeology would be cool. I have always been intrigued by history and the study of the world, and the U.S., and how we got to be here today.”
Nauman said two years at Truckee Meadows Community College and then a transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno would be ideal for him. He is also considering junior college in California and Oregon to pursue higher education. Until then, he will be looking to sneak in naps whenever he can.
“In kindergarten we used to hate nap time and being forced to sleep, and now I want to go back to that,” he said jokingly.