Nicole Cook will always have a place among the most outstanding senior female athletes at Fort Dodge Senior High.
Competing in track, swimming and golf during her prep career, Cook was the recipient of the 2013 Florence Nordman Award, presented annually to the top graduating FDSH student-athlete for her overall accomplishments in sports.
"I was really surprised that I won it," Cook said. "It was a lot of fun the night I found out. The description (and history)?of the award makes this all a very humbling experience."
Messenger photo by Josh Meyer
2013 Florence Nordman Award winner Nicole Cook with her father, Bob, and mother, Lori. The Nordman Award is given annually to Fort Dodge’s top female senior athlete.
As a sophomore, Cook qualified for the Class 4A state track meet in the 400 hurdles after narrowly missing out on a trip to Drake Stadium as a freshman. Cook placed 19th in a clocking of 1:09.79.
"Because of her personality and athletic ability, Nicole can do a lot of different things," said FDSH girls track coach Todd Constable. "She's a hard worker and one of those dedicated student-athletes I was glad to have out (for track)."
Running on the famed blue oval is a moment Cook will never forget.
TIMEOUT WITH NICOLE COOK
Vacation destination: California.
It would surprise people that I: don't drink pop.
My sports role model: Lolo Jones.
My everyday role model: my dad.
I can't go a day without: music.
Superstition: I don't like to step on cracks.
Most heated rivalry: a team of basketball girls from Ida Grove.
Favorite road trip: Chicago.
What are you listening to right now? Relient K.
Movie: Rain Man.
Book or Magazine: City of Ember.
"That was an awesome experience to make it down (to Des Moines)," Cook said. "My freshman year I missed (state) by like three-tenths of a second, so it felt like I had to wait a long time for another chance."
In the pool, diving turned out to be Cook's specialty.
"My diving coach, Rosie (Ellendson), was like a second mom to me," said Cook. "We would go to the pool at around 6 in the morning and dive for three or four hours, which was always a lot of fun."
This past spring, Cook even tried her luck on the links for the first time.
"I've played almost every sport at some point along the way," Cook said. "I've always liked the whole team atmosphere and the variety that comes with (trying different sports)."
Cook also acknowledged her parents, Bob and Lori, for their continuous support throughout her prep career.
"My parents have definitely always been there for me whenever I needed them," said Cook.
Outside of athletics, Cook was named the FDSH homecoming queen last fall. She was also picked as the Most Outstanding Senior for band.
After attending Iowa Central, Cook plans on transferring to either Luther College or the University of Northern Iowa to major in psychology.