Raider on the Radar
This week’s Raider on the Radar is senior softball player Kara Nonnemacher. She is a team captain and has started all 30 games at left field for the Raiders this season. Nonnemacher currently has a .322 batting average with three home runs. She earned Honorable Mention All-GPAC honors in 2012, and last season she was named an NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Kara will graduate in May with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Christian Community Development. She is from Two Harbors, Minnesota.
Why did you choose Northwestern?
Attending a small school has a lot of advantages, and that’s why I chose Northwestern. I wanted to have a diverse learning experience. I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with everything from going on outdoor wilderness trips to volunteering with local non-profit organizations for my classes. You don’t get that chance at a big school!
So far, what has been the best part of your Northwestern College experience?
I have so many great memories from this place, but probably the best part of my experience was the opportunity to do a semester study abroad in Romania during my junior year. I spent four months eating foods I’d never heard of, hiking to mountain peaks, making a fool of myself trying to speak the language, and learning a lot about God’s world. It was a blast. I encourage everyone to study abroad! It’s an opportunity you may never have again.
What makes Orange City a great place to be?
This community loves Northwestern. It’s amazing to have such strong support from local families and businesses all throughout the season. They are our biggest fans!
What is something that makes your team special or unique?
This year we are a young team, which presents a great opportunity. Each person, freshman through senior, needs to be ready at any point to jump in and fill a role. So far, we’ve risen to the challenge. Most of our opponents probably don’t realize how young we are because our young players handle every situation with poise and tenacity, and our older players lead with a team-first attitude.
What's the best part about competing in the GPAC?
I am proud to be part of the GPAC. It’s a conference full of classy and extremely competitive teams. There are probably very few conferences in this country that can compete as hard as teams in the GPAC during the game, then join hands and pray together after the game.
What advice would you give a high school athlete looking to compete collegiately?
Playing college athletics is an amazing and challenging experience that can teach you a lot about yourself. Invest in it, but also invest in the NWC community around you. Get to know people who are a part of other campus groups, or join other groups if you can. You’ll grow as a player and a person if you play sports, but you’ll cut yourself short if you limit your college experience to include just athletics.
What advice would you give the freshmen on your team?
Practice leadership, in whatever role you play. Coaches and teammates will begin to notice, and when challenging times roll in, they’ll look to you first to start fighting back, and you’ll be ready to lead Be aware of your surroundings – when a teammate is down, see it and respond; when things need to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it.
Who was your biggest role model growing up?
My parents and my three older brothers. They taught me how to love people and challenged me to set high goals for myself. And I give my brothers full credit for my competitiveness. I would be a much different person without them!
What's your favorite pre-game meal?
Anything that our team mom, Kari Means, makes for us. She’s amazing.
Tough question. Right now I’m reading a book called Disunity In Christ by Christena Cleveland for one of my classes. It’s a pretty good book.
Favorite TV show?
How I Met Your Mother
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
I like to be active, especially outside. During summers I like to hike, bike, swim, or rock climb with friends and family. I also really enjoy relaxing with my roommate/friends while drinking tea and talking about funny stuff that happened during our day.
Favorite place you've visited?
Aegina Island in Greece
What was your first job?
Each summer during high school I worked as a coach for the Orange City Rec softball program.
What is your dream job?
Queen of England