HAMMOND, Wis. - The only thing harder than sneaking up on St. Croix Central senior Marcus Malecek is missing him. A TV camera crew was hoping to sneak-up on Marcus to present him with an over-sized check for $110.00 for being a KARE 11 Academic All-Star. But, Marcus turned around from the library table where he was seated and the surprise was foiled.
"We've been spotted!" said the TV reporter. "Marcus, what's going on? I'm Tim McNiff from KARE 11, and I've got something for you. It's a check for you for $111.00 from KARE 11 for being an Academic All-Star, what do you think of that?"
Standing well over 6 feet, Marcus looks every bit the all-state wrestler and football captain and because the last person to talk about Marcus is Marcus, you might never know that he's also tops in his class of 93.
"It was definitely something I worked for," said Marcus. "Definitely something I wanted to achieve. I was very proud of it when I got it, so yeah, I was very happy about it."
The president of DECA, a business-marketing student organization, and the student council, Marcus carries a 3.9 GPA, with his lone blemish being an A-minus he received when he was just getting started at the high school level.
"First semester, freshman year, language arts," remembers Marcus perfectly. "I give her a hard time every now and then."
Trust me, you don't want Marcus Malecek giving you a hard time. Marcus was a captain and earned all-conference honors as the football team finished as conference champs for the first time since 2006.
Then, Marcus went out and earned all-state honors in posting a 47-1 record, while finishing as a Wisconsin state runner-up, wrestling at 220 pounds.
"I'm not necessarily a person that will tell you to do something unless I've done it first," says Marcus. "That's how I like to represent myself."
This fall Marcus will fulfill one of his life dreams when he enrolls at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he will study engineering.
But, no matter how he flies in life, Marcus says he won't forget where he comes from, or the people who helped him become an Academic All-Star.
"I've got a good group of friends who always support each other and we all help each other when we're struggling," says Marcus. "St. Croix Central definitely has been a good place for me to get ready for the future."
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