SPASH junior submits winning photo for ‘Worst Pothole’ in city

By Patrick Lynn

We asked for your photos of the worst potholes in Stevens Point, and you answered.

Dozens of photos were submitted for the Metro Wire’s first annual Worst Pothole in the City contest, but many didn’t meet our requirements—they were taken outside the city limits or didn’t have a location identified—but of the five photos that did make the cut, 16-year-old Jonathon Olson of Stevens Point submitted the winner.

The SPASH junior works two jobs, bagging groceries at Trig’s and operating the harvester for the McDill Pond Lake District. He also runs his own business mowing lawns in the summer.

Olson’s winning photo taken on Nebel St. near Walgreen’s. (Jonathon Olson)

Olson said he drives a “beat-up Ford” pickup, and winning the contest was a welcome surprise.

“That’s so cool, it’ll definitely save me a lot of money,” he said.

Olson won a “spa day” for his car from Van Horn Nissan of Stevens Point, which held its grand opening celebration on Sept. 27. The package, valued at $500, includes a complete car detail, oil change, tire alignment and rotations, and new wiper blades.

The celebration also included a performance by the Stevens Point Area High School Show Choir, drawings by Caricatures by Joey, an appearance by Mayor Mike Wiza and Portage Co. Business Council Executive Director Todd Kuckkahn, and several executives from Van Horn.

Olson is the son of Greg and Krista and lives in the Lake District.

Van Horn Nissan is located at 301 Green Ave. North.