Jared Samuelson | Age 16 | Gretna High School
Jared has a passion for a variety of sports that started at a young age. When one sports season is over, he moves on to the next. As a student at Gretna High School, Jared is a three sport athlete. In the past he played football, basketball, and baseball for his school. This year, as a junior, he has exchanged baseball cleats for track shoes. Starting in the third grade, Jared began playing organized basketball through the Gretna Basketball Association. After spending some time in a weekly fundamentals league, he progressed to playing on competitive teams. This season, as a junior, he averages 18 points, five rebounds, and two assists per game. Upon completion of last season, he was recognized as an All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State Honorable Mentions.
During the past two summers, Jared has played basketball with the Nebraska Bison AAU basketball program. As a member of that team, they have won two national tournaments — one in Minneapolis and the other in Las Vegas.
Much like his basketball career, Jared also picked up football in the the third grade. Like many boys, he started with flag football and moved on to play tackle football with the Gretna Youth Sports Foundation in the fifth grade. Jared plays quarterback for Gretna and this past fall averaged 119 yards of passing per game. His efforts earned him Academic All-State, All-Conference, All-District, and All-State Honorable Mentions.
When Jared isn’t busy with sports, he participates in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Spanish Club, and Chess Club at school as well as carrying a 4.0 GPA and being a member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, he is an active member of the youth group at Gretna United Methodist Church. He also assists youth organizations in Gretna by officiating football and basketball games on the weekends. Jared is the son of Jay and Amber Samuelson of Gretna and has an older brother, Nolan, and older sister, Halley.