Mariah Schott sharpened competitive edge through sports

Hopes to return to classroom setting to finish out senior year
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Stanford Senior Mariah Schott is tossing a few ideas around regarding her future career path, like nursing or athletics. She plans to take a little time off while she decides and gets settled in Bozeman. Photo courtesy of Mariah Schott

Stanford Senior Mariah Schott is tossing a few ideas around regarding her future career path, like nursing or athletics. She plans to take a little time off while she decides and gets settled in Bozeman. Photo courtesy of Mariah Schott

School is closed this week and next by order of the governor in order to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Stanford Senior Mariah Schott took the time to visit with the Judith Basin Press about this experience and more.

For the upbeat and social senior, the school being closed is not the ideal way to end her high school experience, but she recognizes the importance of the precaution.

“It’s not fun. Prom is probably going to be cancelled, and our senior trip will need to be moved,” said Mariah. “But I understand that it is a good move to protect us and everybody else, and stop it from spreading.”

Mariah, committed and with a self-described competitive nature, already misses her classmates a little. She is also trying to find safe ways to not stay all cooped up at home.

Her class of nine is pretty entertaining to her. They have ups and downs, she said, and were even considered a rowdy bunch, but have mellowed over the years.

“Well, they’re interesting,” she said with a coy smile.

They make each other laugh.

“When it comes down to remembering high school, I would rather remember us laughing all through English class than think of negative times or even the most-recent closure. Right now it is unknown if we will even finish out the school year together so I choose remember our good times,” said Mariah.

After graduating, Mariah plans to take a little time off before college and get settled in Bozeman. She will stay with family there, her aunt, while saving money for college and solidifying her career path.

At first, her parents Ed and Melanie were not to sure about her decision to delay her schooling. Eventually they warmed to the idea of Mariah discovering herself outside of high school and not investing money in her degree until she has a better idea of her career path.

“I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea of putting a bunch of money toward a degree when I still don’t know what I want to do for a career,” said Mariah.

She has two older brothers, one of whom has graduated from college and the other went into the military and is still working toward his college education. Both live out of state - one in Omaha, Nebraska and one on a naval base in California.

“I treasure every moment we’re able to be together,” said Mariah.

She is tossing a few ideas around regarding her career path and plans to take courses online to stay active in education. She is thinking maybe nursing would be a good fit, but maybe teaching would be, or even athletic training.

Athletics are important to Mariah. She has been playing basketball for many years and even played varsity for five years, starting in eighth grade. This past basketball season, Mariah said goodbye to the sport, but not without helping take her team to the Northern C Divisional Tournament, where they won two out of four games. They also came up from underdog rankings.

For Mariah, basketball not only offers her an outlet to sharpen her competitive edge, it also provides learning opportunities and growth.

“Last year I strove to improve myself and worked hard. It came together quickly this year,” said Mariah.

Plus they had a good time.

“I would not trade my teammates for anything! We’ve had lows and highs, and this year we were able to beat teams we haven’t beaten since junior high,” she said. “My team never gave up.”

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