By Mike Max

ASHBY, Minn. (WCCO) — This fall in Ashby, Minn. there was a unique honor for the football team’s defensive back.

Jaden Witt is an active high school student. She loves learning and she excels.

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“I know I want to be a doctor of some sort,” said Witt. “I’m thinking ICU or an anesthesiologist, somewhere on that line.”

Witt has had a 4.0 grade point average since her freshman year. This fall she added a popularity honor to her resume — Homecoming Queen.

“It was surprise. No one knew who it was until they put the crown on my head, so it was cool,” she said.

It’s a life full of school activities that include — band, drama, Knowledge Bowl, mock trial, National Honors Society, yearbook, softball, basketball and football.

That’s right, football. Witt has been playing since seventh grade — making it all the way to varsity.

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“I just love being a part of this team. The guys are great and I know that I wouldn’t have made it without them and I owe everything to them,” said Witt. “And they have been really supportive and it’s been a really fun time.”

“It’s kind of a new facet for u … at least for me, to have a girl on your team. Especially one that can contribute as well as she does,” said Ashby football coach Andy Campbell. “She’s loved by all of the players. There’s no give up, no let up in her at all. So she’s been a great teammate and great athlete for us.”

One of her teammates, Mason Johnson, was the homecoming king — king and queen as teammates.

“It was a little weird at first but then we got used to it. And it’s nice to have something that no one else has really done before,” Jennings said.

This is the life for Witt — an athlete and a scholar — and you sense her best years yet to come with a fondness for Ashby High School that will last forever.

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Unfortunately, her football career ended last Tuesday when Ashby lost to Isle 35-34. She’ll attend Minnesota State Moorhead next fall where her mother is a sociology professor.

Mike Max