January Athletes of the Month: Shelbi Wuss and Jack Poplawski

Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulates his January Athletes of the Month Jack Poplawski and Shelbi Wuss.
Whitman Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulates his January Athletes of the Month Jack Poplawski and Shelbi Wuss.

Our athletes of the Month for January are Shelbi Wuss and Jack Poplawski.

Starting the month, and the New Year, as News12’s Scholar Athlete, Shelbi Wuss has had tremendous success as Whitman’s lone indoor distance runner. Undaunted by the hectic start that many runners begin at, Shelbi settles in at her own pace for the 3000meter run and while her expression doesn’t change, before long she has steadily progressed into the top tier, so much so that Shelbi placed at her League Championships, and she placed again at the Suffolk County Large School Championships. February gets even better as Shelbi nailed the State Qualifier by placing 6th in the 3000m qualifying her for All-County Academic and setting a new school record. She also went on to set a new school record in the indoor 1500m race at the recently held Elite Track Meet, placing 5th place in a time of 4:53.58.

Shelbi recently signed her letter of intent to run track for the Eagles of American University in Washington DC next fall. Shelbi has also been named the 2017 Valedictorian of Walt Whitman High School. Congratulations Shelbi Wuss and good luck at the State Championships on Saturday March 4th.

This was sophomore Jack Poplawski’s first trip to the Athlete of the Month podium but I think we will be seeing a lot more of him in his junior and senior years at Whitman. Jack won his 2nd consecutive All-County award this past fall for volleyball, but it’s winter track that got him noticed this month. Jack is competing in the Pentathlon.  This 5-sport event consists of the Shot Put, Mile Run, Hurdles, Long Jump and High Jump. “I really like the ‘shot’ right now, it’s explosive and fun,” said our athlete of the month.  Jack throws 35 feet, is making steady progress, and looks forward to continuing in spring track. “It is rare to have a kid that can handle all 5 of these events and do them well,” said Varsity Coach Rob Conroy.  “Jack is one of them. We are very excited to see him perform this spring.  He is a very good all around athlete.”

When he’s not playing volleyball or running track, Jack is involved in computer sciences and is looking to start a coding club at Whitman. “Right now in Mr. Feraco’s computer science class, I’m working on creating and coding a two-dimensional game.” said Jack.

Congratulations to both of these exceptional athletes and well-rounded students.