Written by Brittany Styles on January 7, 2019
WEEK OF MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019
Life for Sevanna Utesch was never going to be easy. She was born with Spina Bifida and has endured nearly five dozen surgeries. But none of that will stop her from living her life. A senior at Tomah High School, Sevanna pushes herself physically, academically and socially, because she wants “to live life to the fullest.” Since 2012, Utesch has played sled hockey, first
in Madison and later in La Crosse. In 2018, she joined the Tomah High School track and field team, becoming the school’s first wheelchair competitor. She participated in the shot put and the wheelchair 100-meter dash, and she plans to compete again this year. She competed in
both events at last year’s WIAA state meet in La Crosse. Outside of school and sports, Sevanna volunteers with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse physical therapy program and the Western Technical College physical therapy assistant program, allowing the students to perform some of the mobility tests on her.