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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Class of 2019 Highlands Athletic Hall of Fame: Nicole Muehlenkamp Cherry

Class of 2019

Nicole Muehlenkamp Cherry graduated in 1997 and earned 14 varsity letters in 3 sports while at Highlands.  She excelled in soccer, diving and track. Nicole was named the female athlete of the year for Highlands and was named a Wendy’s National High School nominee while maintaining honor and super honor academic success.

As a soccer player, Nicole earned first team All-State honors for 2 years as a forward and first team All-Region for 3 years. She lettered all four years for the Bluebirds and was also a three-time All Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference selection.  Nicole scored 16 goals and contributed 12 assists as a senior as Highlands went 13-7-1 and finished as the regional runner-up. She was selected as the Most Valuable Player her senior year.

As a diver, Nicole was a member of the 1995 State Championship team.  She participated and lettered from 7th-12th grades.  During these 6 years, she placed in the top 20 for diving and as high as 6th in the state.

During her 4-year tenure on the track team, Nicole earned All-State for 3 years on both individual and relay teams. During her junior and senior years, she was a member of the state championship 1600 meter relay.  By the time she graduated, she held individual school records for the 100 meter and 200 meters.  She was the All-Region Runner of the Year in 1997 and Most Outstanding Division I NKAC Runner 1995-96. She was the team Most Valuable Runner for 3 years.

Upon graduation, Nicole received an athletic scholarship to Division I Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she participated in soccer. She graduated Cum Laude in 2002 and earned her Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Cincinnati in 2004.

Her accolades speak for themselves, but the fact that Nicole is hearing impaired amplifies the amazement of her achievements.  To quote her soccer coach, “Nicole did not settle and pity herself because of her handicap.  She was constantly and consistently striving for more. She was one of those rare athletes who cared more for the team than herself.  Nicole was a role model and inspiration for the other players around her.”

Nicole continues to inspire children and adults. She was a teacher at St. Rita’s School for the Deaf for 14 years and began teaching American Sign Language in the Lakota Local School District in the fall of 2019.

Her competitive nature was still evident in 2016 when she was invited to the Olympic training facility in California for training camp with the USA Deaf Women’s National Team.

Nicole has been married to Ryan Cherry for 16 years and the couple has two children: Hannah (14) and Carson (11).  They live in Maineville, Ohio.


To purchase tickets for the 2019 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame Reception, tickets must be purchased on by September 5, 2019 -

Tickets are $55 for the dinner reception at The Syndicate in Newport, Kentucky on 9/22/19 at 6:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame ceremony in the HHS PAC begins at 3:00 p.m. on 9/22. That event is free and open to the public.

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