BOZEMAN -- Only seven people in Bozeman High School history have lettered 12 times in their high school careers.
Addi Ekstrom, who will be a senior during the 2020-21 academic year, was the only athlete on track to be the eighth before the spring sports season was canceled. However, the Hawks weren’t going to let that get in the way.
The Bozeman athletic department took matters into its own hands, awarding Ekstrom her varsity letter for the spring.
“I was pretty excited. I texted my parents right away and let them know. I was really grateful that they found a way to reward those seniors and returning letter winners,” Ekstrom said.
Ekstrom wasn't the only person to be given a letter, either. Bozeman awarded varsity letters to every athlete who received one in their spring sport last year. Ekstrom is now at nine letters, three away from making history.
“I think it would be a super cool honor to take up that last spot on the plaque. With so much new stuff, a new high school in Bozeman, everything is kind of changing and uncertain right now. I feel like it’s just an opportunity to have that on a plaque and on a letter to show what I’ve done throughout my high school (career),” said Ekstrom.
Bozeman also made Ekstrom her third triple-letter plaque to celebrate the occasion. With the worry of 12 letters behind her, it’s almost certain that Ekstrom will make that history, but she’s just focused on her last go-around.
“I’m just excited for next season -- basketball, soccer and track -- to be able to be able to show off what I can do," she said. "I’m just going to have fun next year, do our best, hopefully bring home some medals and trophies and all that sort of stuff.”