COLUMBUS — Whether she's on a soccer field or hitting the books in the classroom, Ryanne Lueders always tries to give it her all.
She admits to having a competitive streak, but that never comes before her caring nature.
The 2017 Lakeview High School graduate is praised by Principal Steve Borer as someone who leads by example.
“Ryanne serves as an excellent role model for other students and athletes. She challenges herself academically and in the sports she competes in. She works hard, she strives to do her best, she is an encourager and she is always supportive of her teammates,” Borer said.
Lueders, who was crowned Lakeview’s homecoming queen in September, said she tries to be nice to everyone and has a special place in her heart for children. This summer she is working as a nanny for a local family and hopes to one day have a big family of her own.
She once considered going into a pediatric physical therapy career to work specifically with youth, but is now setting her sights on becoming a chiropractor. Lueders has visited the chiropractor a time or two to work out the kinks she experienced while playing sports.
Soccer, a game she has played since she was 4, is her main love. Some of her fondest memories at Lakeview came on the pitch, including making it to substate her junior and senior years.
“We didn’t make it to state, but we always had fun and worked well on the field. Going to substate was huge for the school in general,” she said.
Lakeview qualified for its first-ever substate appearance in 2016.
“It was nice having all that support from the community,” Lueders said.
The 18-year-old will continue playing soccer at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, then she plans to transfer to Wayne State College.
Despite her competitive nature, Lueders was also able to have fun while suiting up for sports at Lakeview, even if that fun was at her own expense. That is evident when she talks about her favorite memory from basketball.
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During practice her junior year, she was shooting 3-pointers and “missed tremendously.” The ball went into the bleachers, knocking over a coach’s coffee cup and causing quite a mess.
Lueders said the bonds she created with teammates are what really stand out.
“Sports definitely led me to meeting my best friends,” she said.
Some of those friendships sustained distance and time. Lueders is from Columbus, but moved with her family, including parents Josh and Melanie and little brother Colter, to Neligh. The family moved back when Lueders was entering her sophomore year.
During the time away, she kept in touch with friends, making the transition between schools easier.
She was happy to be back in Columbus and attending Lakeview.
“Lakeview was a bigger school than Neligh, but small enough that you knew everybody. It was a little family. Everyone seemed to support everyone else. All the teachers were kind to you,” Lueders said.
Academically, science and math have always been interests for Lueders and she likes the challenges those courses present.
“I am one of those students who enjoy learning. Science really pushes me because science is a crazy concept to figure out sometimes and that is why I like it so much,” she said.
While at Lakeview, Lueders got a head start on her postsecondary education by taking college-credit courses.
This summer, she is spending most of her time babysitting but will work in a family vacation to Tennessee. Then she will head off to college, a new journey she is ready to take on.
“I will miss high school, sports especially, but I think I’m ready to move on. I’m excited to take specific courses I want to take and go into my career path,” she said.