Heath Waffer appears to give a thumbs-up sign during his race.
One of the outstanding student-athletes at North Dallas High School is senior Heath Waffer.
Heath is a captain on the swim team as well as the senior class president, president of the National Honor Society and a DISD Teen Board member.
Heath and the swim team are competing in a meet at Sprague Natatorium on Thursday and then participating in the District 14 meet on Friday, Jan. 18.
Heath swims the 500 freestyle along with other individual races and relays.
When asked how grueling is the 500, Heath said, “I wish I could say I just put my head down and swim as hard as I can and that is what keeps me going, but if I am being honest, I repeat ‘just keep swimming’ from ‘Finding Nemo’ until I hit that 20th lap.”
Heath took a few minutes recently to ask some questions about himself:
Grade: 12th Grade
College you are planning to attend: Right now it is still up in the air but my top two choices are The Kings College in NYC or SMU
Major you are considering in college: I am considering a business degree or some sort of counseling certification.
Middle school attended: Terry Middle School and Edgewood Middle School.
Sports activities: The swim team. However, before I fractured one of my vertebrae, I played football and I was on the powerlifting team.
School activities: Senior Class President, National Honor Society President, Swim Team Captain, DISD Teen Board Member and Bulldog Ambassador.
My hobbies are: watching movies and swimming whenever I get the chance.
I’m most proud of: my leadership skills and how I have developed them in this school year so far.
My favorite classes are: English and Global Business
The two people I’d most like to meet are: HUD Secretary Ben Carson and American author Eric Metaxas
My favorite restaurant is: Fogo De Chao
My favorite movie is: “Big Trouble in Little China”
My favorite musical artist is: The Stroke
My favorite professional team is: Go Cowboys
My favorite pro athlete is: Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee
I wish I knew how to: play the piano
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Rome
The best advice I ever received was: To remember that everyone goes through a struggle. No one just strolls through life without tribulations. Because of that, we should try do our best to make things better for others; even at the expense of our own convenience.
The person that inspires me is: my Grandpa
One thing people don’t know about me is: I am left-handed when I write, but I do everything else with my right hand.
Heath Waffer takes a break to rest before his 500 at the recent All City Meet.
What are some of your goals for the senior class?
My goals are for everyone to have a meaningful year. That the seniors can look back on their senior year and really remember it.
What functions or activities are you and the officers working on?
Right now, we are focused on fundraisers for our prom.
When you graduate, what do you want this class of 2019 to be remembered for?
I would like the Class of 2019 to be remembered for its camaraderie.
Moving to swimming, how is your season going?
It is going great! We may not be the best swimming team out there but we definitely have the most fun.
What is your outlook / expectations for district meet this month?
I expect my team and I to swim to the best of our ability.
The swim team has great chemistry and is fun — what do you attribute this to?
Our coach (Stephanie Page) is really great at what she does. She helps us in and out of the pool, and I think she’s the glue that holds the team together.
What was the funniest moment for you or the team this season?
We were playing ninja by the pool (which, in hindsight was not the safest idea) and Modesto Ottenwarden tried to get Carlos Lopez out of the game. Mo jumped toward Carlos but upon landing, his feet came out from under him and he landed right on his butt. There is a video of it somewhere in case we ever need to embarrass him.
Seniors Heath Waffer and Marielena Garcia are the team captains and both swim in the 500 free.
The Bulldogs 4 by 100 relay team included Carlos Lopez, Modesto Ottenwarden, Heath Waffer and Celis Ordonez.
Heath Waffer takes a breath as he competes in the 500 freestyle.