COLUMBIA CITY — In the last month, Felicity Clawson has had to maintain not one, not two, but three uniforms, as the Columbia City High School junior has successfully juggled multiple responsibilities.
Clawson was sectional champion in the shot put, competed in the regional track meet, then turned around to play for a sectional championship with the Eagles’ softball team. Days later, she suited up and graduated from the Columbia City High School Fire Academy.
It’s taken much coordination, careful scheduling and lots of laundry, but Clawson has excelled in every way.
“It’s tough making sure everything is washed,” Clawson said. “My parents are so supportive.”
“She’s a rockstar,” Kyle Francis, CCHS fire instructor, said. “She’s a great athlete, a great student and a great firefighter.”
Clawson said she couldn’t have done it without her support system.
“Between the three of them, the softball team, the track team and the fire academy — the kids in the class and on the teams — they’re amazing. It’s amazing how Columbia City has put these kids together. They’re great and I couldn’t do it without them.”
With several irons in the fire and events happening at the same time, it took careful coordination between coaches and teachers for Clawson to prioritize.
“I felt so bad for missing things — missing or running late for one of them,” Clawson said. “I don’t know how to thank all of them (coaches and instructors). They mean so much to me.”
Clawson competed in track and softball while in middle school, but when to got to the high school, she made a choice to focus on softball. This season, she decided to contribute to both teams, primarily focusing on softball, but helping the track team as her schedule permitted.
“It’s a really big struggle getting to both practices — I put in a lot of extra time. But I have two different opportunities to see where it could take me. You never know what could happen,” Clawson said.
When two events were happening in the same night, she would often choose softball over track. However, she needed to compete in a certain number of track meets to be eligible for the tournament.
“Athletically, you have a kid who has a gift to do two different things. It’s awesome that she has that gift,” softball coach Dan Weigold said. “She’s very intelligent and knows how to discipline herself. It takes a special person to do that.”
Clawson notched 21 games this season with a .439 batting average in 66 at-bats. She scored 13 runs and tallied 29 hits, including four home runs and 23 RBI.
For the track team, she was champion of the Warsaw sectional with a throw of 36 feet, 11 inches.
Though success in the fire program isn’t measured statistically, Clawson passed all tests and requirements to complete the Fire 1 course. She plans to continue with Fire 2 and also add the EMT program next school year.