Student Spotlight: Nick Cosgrove

Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter
Shenendehowa junior, Nick Cosgrove, discusses football, track and hopes for the future in his Clifton Park home on December 31, 2015.Cady Kuzmich/Gazette Reporter Shenendehowa junior, Nick Cosgrove, discusses football, track and hopes for the future in his Clifton Park home on December 31, 2015.



Like many high school boys, Nick Cosgrove loves Dave Matthews Band, Friday Night Lights and tossing a football around with his friends. Unlike most, however, Cosgrove is wholly devoted to the life of sports, with dreams of one day representing the teams he’s been rooting for since he was just a tyke.


Cosgrove, a junior at Shenendehowa, is the middle child of his parent’s five children. As part of such a large family, the Shenendehowa junior has had no shortage of playmates throughout his childhood. Originally from Watervliet, the Cosgroves moved to Clifton Park when Nick was just two years old. Now, 14 years later, the towering teenager nears the end of his high school career.


From the time he learned to tie his shoelaces Nick has been enamored by the world of sports, playing football in Clifton Park since kindergarten. He’s now a running back and linebacker on Shen’s Varsity football team. He also participates in indoor track, running the 300 meter dash.


While he doesn’t have any specific colleges in mind yet, Cosgrove has lofty goals of one day being behind the scenes of the sport that “owns a day of the week,” according to the recent blockbuster film, “Concussion.”  


Cosgrove has earned his lifeguard certification and works at the Southern Saratoga YMCA. He is also involved in Clifton Park’s Youth Court, a program that focuses on second chances by giving young offenders the opportunity to be tried by a jury of their peers. Cosgrove served as a judge and defense attorney in a recent Youth Court trial at the Clifton Park Town Hall.


His new year’s resolution? “To work out more,” said Cosgrove. Adding, “and to study more,” shortly after.


Q&A with Cosgrove: Proudest moments, politics and potential careers.


CK: What are you most passionate about and why?

NC: I am passionate about physical fitness and working as a team. Working out makes me feel confident, reduces stress, and increases my self-esteem. Working out with friends or participating in a group athletic event has all of those benefits, plus it’s a great way to meet and get to know people.


CK:What are your hopes and dreams for your post-high school life?

NC: My goal is to combine my passion for physical fitness and team work with business or perhaps law. I could start with athletic training and sports marketing and eventually lead to sports law (representing a NFL team).


CK:Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Or if you’d rather…Where do you see yourself in 50 years?

NC: In 10 years, I hope to be somewhere warm. working as a trainer for a university, and able to pay off my student loans.In 50 years, I will have moved across the timeline –gotten hands on experience as a trainer and professional experience in sports management — and could be representing an NFL team.


CK: What are you most proud of?

NC:Being able to set goals for myself and working to achieve them in sports, work, and school.


CK: We all feel the crunch of time. I imagine you’ve experienced that, too. What would you do if you had an extra hour in the day?

NC:  If I had an extra hour in each day, I would like have a little bit more time with my family.  Between school, sports, and work my day gets pretty hectic.  Some days it would be nice to just be home and relax a bit and catch up.


CK: Who or what has had the greatest influence on who you are today?

NC: My Mom has been a big influence on who I am today.  She encouraged me to give my best to whatever I am doing: sports, school, or work; to “leave it all on the field.”


CK: Who’s your favorite teacher? What subject do they teach? Why are they your favorite?

NC: Mr. Bain, my AP US History teacher, is one of my favorites. He does a great job connecting his students to the coursework and giving us real world experience.


CK: What do you think of the presidential candidates this election year? Are you old enough to vote? If so, will you cast your first ballot in this election?

NC: Although I am not old enough to vote in the upcoming election, if I could I would probably vote for Ben Carson.