One of the 17 people killed in Wednesday’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was a senior who had turned his life around and was months away from heading to college on a scholarship.
According to Indy Star, Nicholas Dworet, 17, had recently received an academic scholarship and was planning to join the University of Indianapolis’ swim team. Dworet was set to study business and wanted to visit Sweden and try out for their national swim team.
Andre Bailey, coach of TS Aquatics in Broward County, claimed the slain teen had worked hard over the past 18 months, going from a “middle-of-the-pack” swimmer to becoming a team captain and training others.
It is with great sadness I am to report that Nick has been found, but he has passed away. Heaven has gained an angel today. We love you Nick.
— Laura Carolina (@lauriecarolinaa) February 15, 2018
In light of Dworet’s death, University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel said officials contacted the teen’s family Thursday to offer their condolences and support.
“I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, he just took his life in his hands and he chiseled and molded his life,” Bailey said of Dworet.
“This kid went from being listless and going through the motions to planning ahead and organizing his life.”
Bailey went on to credit the 17-year-old with putting their swim program “on the map.” The coach said the self-motivated teen set his own goals and would buckle down to achieve them.
“Everybody loved him. He was an all-around great kid,” the coach said, before making a request to media.
“Please remind everyone that this young man is the epitome of a kid turning himself around.”
[Featured Image: Nicholas Dworet/Instagram]