Spotlight 2022 – Annika Ermold, Governor Mifflin

School – I go to Governor Mifflin High School and will be attending Pennsylvania State University next year to study and continue my throwing career.

Anticipated college major – Health Policy and Administration. This major is growing substantially and I really took an interest in this area once COVID affected the way health policies are handled.

Future aspirations – I hope to one day be working to help with global health issues and make our planet a safer place to live in. I also am possibly thinking about throwing after college, I am waiting to see how my throwing career goes in college before making that decision.

Favorite subject in HS – German and Biology

Favorite HS Teacher – Mrs. Stinson (my honors and AP Biology teacher) is one of the most caring individuals I have ever met and I am so blessed to have her again as one of my teachers this year.

Favorite Movie – Happy Gilmore

Favorite Quote – “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually redirected to something better.”-Dr. Steve Maraboli

Favorite thing to do when not competing in XC/TF – I love to write and I always love reading a good book as well.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you – I am the only granddaughter on my mother’s side of the family.

Favorite shoe brand – Nike

Favorite HS Invitational you have competed in – Either the Hempfield Black Knight Invitational or the John H. Shaner Memorial Invitational held at Wyomissing.

Best HS Memory – Winning two state medals my junior year, which was a goal I had been working towards for the longest time. Standing on that podium gave me such a confidence booster, and has still motivated me to this day to keep pushing through, no matter the circumstances or conditions.

Advice to younger athletes – Always persevere through. It may be super tough, but if you just keep working toward your dreams and have that mindset of a champion, rewards will come to you. Track is a sport of highs and lows, and if you can learn how to handle the lows, you will appreciate the highs so much more. Stick to the plan, and things will work out in the end.

I would like to appreciate my parents for all of the support they have given towards me and for letting me live my dreams out. I also want to give a huge shoutout to my coaches (especially Dane and Trevor) for being the most inspirational people I have ever met and for pushing me daily to be the best. I would not be where I am today without the support both you two and my parents have given me. I am super thankful to have had you two as coaches, and I also thank you for taking a chance on me and developing me as a person and athlete.