Eagles News · Senior Highlight – Grant Wiarda

Grant Wiarda

John Adams Athletics is recognizing all of its outstanding Senior Student Athletes for their outstanding work in athletics, the classroom, and their amazing leadership.


What was your favorite memory at John Adams?

Winning sectionals my senior year

Did you have a pregame ritual? 

No, I just stretched and warmed up

What is one thing that you had to have in your bag before you got on the bus?

Granola bar

What position(s) do you play?

Center defender

What was your inspiration or who inspired you to compete?

Most of the seniors before me like Elmin and Donnell

What is your favorite quote related to athletics

Another lap – Cruz Gallegos

Are there any achievements, awards, or honors you would like us to acknowledge?

Captain my senior year, won the Kiwanis Award, and was honorable mention for the NIC

Advice for underclassmen and your teammates?

Put in the extra work during the summer and it will pay off when the season begins

What message would you like to send to the John Adams community and fans?

Thank you for always supporting us and showing up at the biggest games

What are your future plans? 

Attending Vanderbilt University in the fall where I plan to study to eventually become a doctor

Who would you like to thank or recognize?

I’d like to thank Coach Mihut for making my senior season the most enjoyable. I’d also like to thank my teammates for always bringing energy and intensity, which made us a strong and cohesive team.

Message from Head Boys Soccer Coach Cristian Mihut

One of our team captains, Grant was a consummate leader: kind, courageous, visionary, and intelligent. An exceptional example of mental resilience, Grant held our defense together, always ready to work extra-hard, or sacrifice his physical integrity in order to keep balls out of the net. The team will miss not only his defensive abilities, or his brilliant ways of launching an attack, but also his disarming sense of humor and sanguine personality.


Congratulations Grant and best of luck at Vanderbilt. Go Commodores!