Key to Success

It’s hard enough to just make the varsity basketball team at Skutt Catholic High School, but Grant Bertucci was determined to make and get meaningful playing time on both the varsity football and baseball teams as well. Coach Kyle Jurgens, who has coached Grant in both basketball and football, believes that what makes Grant stand out is his selflessness. “He’s a kid that simply shows up every day, works hard, and is focused on being a great teammate and winning basketball games.

Grant appreciates the team culture and attitude at Skutt Catholic. “I love all my teammates, no matter what sport it’s in. Our basketball team motto is family over everything.” Although Grant was already playing both basketball and baseball through his sophomore year, his friends challenged him to play football his junior year as well. “I played again my senior year, and got an opportunity to start at wide receiver this year on what turned out to be the Class B State Championship team. Over the last two years, I just fell in love with football.”

In addition to his athletic achievements, Grant has also been named to the Skutt Academic Honor Roll, Academic All-Conference, and Academic All State in multiple sports. He was also selected to join National Honor Society, and is involved with the Leadership Council, Future Business Leaders of America, Big Hawks, Skyhawks in the City, Health Occupation Student Association and has served as an Ambassador of Skutt Catholic High School.

Grant decided to stop playing baseball after his junior year when he realized he needed a break. “There’s obviously quite a balancing act. Between athletic commitments, family commitments, your school work, your friends and working part-time; it’s not always easy to juggle. It’s finding that balance between things you need to do and what makes you happy.”

Grant plans to attend either University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, or University of Nebraska at Lincoln next year, majoring in psychology. He aspires to go to medical school to become a neuropsychologist. He believes that his compassion and desire to help others will help him excel in the medical field.

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