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Raised in foster care, Lodi High's Ray Nikzat has found a home as a high jump champion

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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 10:00 pm

Sometime today, Ray Nikzat will duck into the tunnel of Hughes Stadium, breaking away from the commotion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Meet. He'll grab the iPod from his backpack and find a quiet spot on a stairwell step. With earbuds inserted, he'll shuffle through his song list to Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved."

He'll close his eyes as the music begins, ever so slightly nodding his head to the melody. Mildly embarrassed to admit it, Nikzat listens to the pop hit before every competition to collect his focus.

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9 comments:

  • posted at 4:31 pm on Thu, May 22, 2008.

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    Bob, there really was a Toyota Corona, it became the Cressida and was put to pasture in 1985.

     
  • posted at 4:29 pm on Thu, May 22, 2008.

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    Ray I really am proud of you. I don't say it at school or practice, but you never cease to amaze me. Stay focused in college and the world will be yours for the taking.

     
  • posted at 11:03 am on Thu, May 22, 2008.

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    Ray, you are an impressive young man, as is your brother. You will go far with your attitude. God bless your older brother for stepping in as your "new" dad. A young man willing to take on such a responsiblilty speaks highly of him and says how much he loves you.

     
  • posted at 7:51 am on Thu, May 22, 2008.

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    Great story about a great kid who has overcome life struggles and a screwed up foster care system.Toyota Corona.....nice Freudian slip by both the reporter and editor!

     
  • posted at 7:40 am on Thu, May 22, 2008.

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    Awesome story about a remarkable young man and his brother. Hopefully, the younger brother will be with Nick soon, as well.

     
  • posted at 6:09 am on Thu, May 22, 2008.

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    Fantastic story. Best of luck at the next level!

     
  • posted at 3:58 am on Thu, May 22, 2008.

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    God bless you, Ray. Best wishes to you in college. Please come back often to check in on your track & field buddies. Keep flying high!

     
  • posted at 2:45 am on Thu, May 22, 2008.

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    To see a young man go through what Ray has gone through, yet have a positive outlook for his future, speaks volumes for the character of this young man. Keep your focus on what's right Ray and you will become very successful someday at whatever you choose. I think you would be an outstanding foster parent to the next generation of young people like yourself.

     
  • posted at 1:52 am on Thu, May 22, 2008.

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    What a great story. Ray, you and your brother Nick are my heros. Hang tough and never give up. Best Wishes.

     
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