MARION — Micah Poellet is the textbook definition of a wonder kid.
Standing 4-foot-10, the Linn-Mar High School sophomore is one of the fastest girls’ cross country runners in the state of Iowa, with a personal record of 18 minutes, 10 seconds, set Sept. 30 at the Steve Johnson Invitational.
She also plays flute in the Marching Lions, Linn-Mar’s 262-member volunteer marching band, sings and dances in In-Step, Linn-Mar’s mixed prep show choir, and swims for the Lions — all during the fall season.
“It does get pretty busy,” Poellet said, “But my coaches and directors are really good with my crazy schedule. I stay up pretty late to work on homework most nights.”
In her nonexistent spare time, Poellet likes to read historical fiction novels — though her favorite books are the Harry Potter series.
She also participates on a jump-roping team.
Though being involved is a very common trend among high schooler students these days, Pollet is part of a rare breed, being not only good at all of her activities, but often one of the best.
Still, she’s very humble, taking credit for the work she puts into her activities instead of the fruit it bears, though that doesn’t stop her fellow students from celebrating her accomplishments. She was voted “Best Female Freshman” for her role as “young Fiona” in Shrek the Musical at Linn-Mar’s Performing Arts Awards’ Banquet. Because of her schedule, however, she couldn’t attend the banquet to accept the award.
Despite the challenges that come with her variety of activities, Poellet isn’t planning on giving up any of them any time soon.
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“I’ve always done a lot of activities,” Poellet said, “and I plan to keep doing them.”
Whether she ends up a pop star, an Olympic athlete, a professional flutist or a history professor, it seems the only thing that could ever stop Micah Poellet from being wildly successful is never being able to find time to sleep.