You can tell a lot about someone by the mood that they are in. Good moods are for folks who encourage others. Those who are in good moods are difference makers; they are the thermostats in a group rather than thermometers. A mood is unique, because it is our choice to how we are going to respond to any given circumstance. That choice can make you a good teammate or a bad one. It can make you a good employee or a bad one. It can make you a person that others want to be around or it can make you one that others steer clear of. The fact that it is noticeable when others are in a good mood shows you how rare it is in today’s culture. I have never seen this week’s Warehouse 3Nineteen Student Athlete of the Week in a bad mood. No matter if he is dealing with an injury, or just finished in first place at a cross country meet, he reacts the same way- his spirit never changes. He is encouraging to others, and his glass is always “half full”. Hudson Freeman is a good student, he is a great teammate, but he is an even better person. He is this week’s Warehouse 3Nineteen Student Athlete of the Week.
Hudson is the son of Shannon and Jamie Freeman. He competes on the Outdoor Track and Cross Country Teams at Jasper High, and is currently a member of the JHS Student Council as well. Hudson carries a 3.38 Grade Point Average in college prep courses and has a 21 ACT at the present time. His future educational plans are undecided, but he would like to do something involving sports for his future career.
When asked about what he will miss about Jasper High School, Hudson says that he will miss “getting to see my friends everyday” more than anything. As he reflects on his time here, he ponders on his greatest memory, which he thinks would “probably be going to state (outdoor) my freshman year. It was a pretty good feeling being so young and getting to experience the feeling of running against the best in the state”.
As students get older, the experiences both on and off the field of play become learning opportunities. By the time they are seniors, they are very wise, and Hudson is no different. He has a lot to offer younger athletes in the way of perspective. When I asked him what advice he would like to give to a younger student athlete that could help to impact them, he retrospectively stated, “High School goes by fast, so make memories and have fun”.
Hudson was asked “What teacher or coach has had the greatest impact on your life and why?”. Without hesitation, he replied “Cordle and Kamplain”. Mike Cordle is a longtime English instructor at Jasper High School, and is also head of the yearbook staff. Caroline Kamplain is a Mathematics instructor, the Head Cross Country Coach, and Assistant Outdoor Track Coach. He says, “Cordle has shown me that high school can be fun, and Mrs. Kamplain has shown me that I can push myself even when I am tired, along with Mrs. Runyan, who coaches my event”.
Hudson “would like to thank everyone who has believed in me and pushed me to do my best- even when I am not at my best”. We would like to thank Hudson for the positive impact that he has had on the students and teachers at Jasper High School, and the lasting impact that he has made on our community. We would also like to thank Warehouse 3Nineteen for helping us honor Hudson and all of the Viking Student Athletes. Go by and see our good friends at Warehouse for Food, Fun, and Friends. Tell them how much you enjoy their articles, and you can never go wrong with the mild chicken wings and Warehouse Fries.