Some day in the near future, Cody Wicker may be flying a plane over the Northwest High School baseball field, where he patrolled centerfield for the Mustangs during his high school career.
“I’m probably going to go to UCM (University of Central Missouri) and major in aviation,” said the 17-year old Northwest junior. “I want to be a pilot. My Dad worked for the Departmenr of Defense at Whiteman. He’s retired now, but we used to go to all the air shows. It’s been a life-long dream of mine to be a pilot.”
Wicker did not know his overall grade point and estimated he is in the top10 academically in his junior class at Northwest, which has approximately 30 students. He has taken the ACT twice and scored 24 both times and plans to take it again early in his senor year.
“Definitely academics are more important than sports,” “ he said. “ I probably not gong to be playing sports in college, so I will have to work hard on my grades. Grades take you farther in life.”
Wicker is taking weighted courses, Math Analysis and Chemistry this year, but has not taken any dual-credit courses yet.
Wicker is a member of the school’s A+ program, and plans to take two free years of summer college courses to use his A+ funding.
Wicker plays three sports at Northwest – football, basketball and baseball. He has yet to earn any post-season honor in the these sports.
He played one year in the Sedalia Youth Football League and has played junior high football and three years of varsity for the Mustangs as a wide receiver and long snapper.
The junior started playing basketball in the fourth grade in the Northwest Elementary program. He played two year of junior high and three years so far of varsity basketball.
Wicker has played his favorite sport, baseball, since tee-ball at age five and came up through the Kaysinger Little League until he got into high school, where he has played in centerfield for three years.
“Baseball is a slower-paced game and it gives you time to think and you can work on things and get better,” said Wicker.
Asked about a high school athletic highlight, Wicker answered quickly.
“We beat Tipton in the Kaysinger Conference Tournament to make the championship game last year,” Wicker said. “We didn’t win it but we go to the championship game and lost to Sacred Heart.”
Northwest won consolation in the Kaysinger Tournament Wicker’s freshman year, took second his sophomore season and third this year.
His hobbies include working at Subway on weekends, spending time with his girlfriend, Kendall Walk, friends, family and reading.
Wicker has an older brother, Zach Wicker, 29, Warrensburg, two older sisters, Bethany, 23, a medical student at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Lexi, 21, a student at the University of Central Missouri, and has a twin-brother Quincy, 17, Houstonia.
He is the son of Patti and Ramie Wicker, Houstonia.