Birk Olson has been the definition of a student athlete while at Monticello High School.
Now, the 4.0 student and standout football player will take his talents to a college that has also had just a little success on both sides of the student athlete relationship.
Olson has committed to play football and go to school at Princeton University, an Ivy League School located in Princeton, New Jersey.
MHS held a small celebration Monday morning with Olson’s friends and family in honor of the commitment and accomplishment.
It just looks good for our whole high school, for our football program,” said Revenig, about Olson’s comitment. “It’s just huge.”
Olson piled up honors as a running back and defensive end at Monticello, including being named the MVP of the Mississippi 8.
Now, he’ll look to continue his success at a school he says appeals to him on many levels.
Among the top reasons are the recent success of the team, the location of the school; in a small community but near a big city, and the overall feel of it.
“The school itself, is a lot like Hogwarts,” said Olson, in reference to the Harry Potter series.. “It’s a cool place.”
“And I really like the coaches there,” he added. “The experience I had, in the short time I was there, was really good.”
Olson said the biggest change for him will be leaving behind his high school teammates, and going halfway across the country to mesh with new teammates.
He also admits nerves about taking on a rigorous academic load along with the commitments of a Division 1 sport. But Revenig, who has watched Olson help transform the football program at Monticello High School, has no doubts Olson will continue to find success, no matter the level of the challenge.
“Birk is the type of individual, that whenever he puts his mind to something he gives 100 percent,” said Revenig. “Whether it’s in the classroom, whether it’s football, he’s not gonna get outworked by anyone.”
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