Ottoville High School
Ottoville High School
Brendan Siefker learned the hard way that life offers no guarantees. When his uncle passed away from a heart attack at age 56, the tragic loss shocked his family. But it renewed in Brendan an innate determination to live every day to the fullest. Already highly competitive and driven to live up to the successes of his parents and two older sisters, Brendan made it his mantra to give his very best effort to every endeavor, while always remaining focused on the most important things in life: family, compassion for others, and hard work.
When Brendan finished as state runner-up in the 1600m run as a sophomore, his competitive nature kicked into overdrive and he challenged himself to be the state champion the next year. Knowing that the state’s best track runners would be returning, he committed to outworking his competition in the off-season. He trained harder than ever, incorporating weight training into his routine and upping his weekly distance totals. After a year of intense focus, Brendan achieved his goal. He added the title of State Champion to a long list of accomplishments that includes three school records, varsity letters in four sports, a flawless GPA, and the honor of being valedictorian of his class.
When he’s off the track or outside of the classroom, Brendan remains just as motivated to give his all. That intensity has translated into success in a variety of work pursuits, including running his own car detailing business and assisting at his father’s dental practice. He’s equally committed to his volunteer activities, including working with Big Brother, Big Sisters and the Challenged Champions Equestrian Program, where he helps kids with disabilities learn how to ride ponies and take care of the animals. His schedule keeps him constantly busy, but Brendan strives to find balance in his life. Most importantly, he focuses on getting the most out of every opportunity and treating each chance to succeed as if it’s his last.
“If you’re not going to do something to the best of your ability, then don’t do it at all.”
~ Brendan Siefker ~