Andrew Wiand: Scholar, Athlete and Musician


He does so much, it's almost unbelievable.

Riley senior Andrew Wiand literally does it all. He is Riley's top athlete, student and musician.

Wiand is a 3-sport star (football, swimming, baseball), the senior class president, Riley's valedictorian, a national merit scholar and he's also a cellist.

Talk about impressive.

Wiand's hard work has paid off in winning the Lilly Scholarship, an award that grants him a full ride to any Indiana college. Wiand has chosen Notre Dame and he plans to walk onto the baseball team.

Wiand is Riley's top baseball star and its captain. With 3 coaches in the last four years, he's also the person players turn to the most when they have questions.

"Sometimes it's kind of fun to see someone succeed after you've given them advise," Wiand explained. "Because that ultimately helps the team succeed."

"He's just like a coach," long-time friend and teammate Walter Ballard says. "You can always go to him. He's always there for you. A great leader."

On Wednesday night, Wiand participated in the Celebration of Excellence, honoring the top scholars in the South Bend School Corporation.

He was one of two students to perform a musical selection on the night. Wiand, a cellist since 4th grade, performed "Concerto for Cello-1st Movement" by Sir Edward Elgar.

It was riveting. Wiand is so talented, he has performed for the South Bend Symphony. Even more impressive---because of his dedication currently to his studies and baseball---he barely touched the cello in the days leading to the performance.

Wiand's science teacher of three years, Rick Horvath, has been going to Andrew's performances for a few years. He enjoys every second of them. He is amazed that a high school student that has so much on his plate can put on a professional concert.

In class, Wiand is just as gifted. Horvath says Andrew is as talented and special as any student he's had in class in 35 years of teaching.

"He's one of those kids that just gets it," Horvath says. "He's that smart. "He makes the teacher's job a lot easier. You don't have to explain things a lot of different ways. He just gets it."

So how does he get it all done? He goes 100% on one thing at a time.

"In order to budget your time, you need to pick things to work on and focus totally on them," Wiand explained. "That way you can get it in your brain and get things done as quickly and efficiently as possible."

"If your encouraged and enthusiastic about something for a while, then later switch to something else, you can get it done a lot easier than just trying to jumble a bunch of things at once," Wiand says.

By the way, Wiand did the cello concert and is currently practicing baseball with a broken left finger.


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