ST. MARYS — Jacob Luthman will miss playing soccer on the high school team. He is about to become a spectator as he moves on to the next phase of his life — the study of optometry at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
“I plan to pursue a doctorate in optometry,” Luthman, 18, said. “It’s really interesting to study the eyes and figure out how they work and then to use that knowledge to help other people.”
Luthman is a graduating senior from Memorial High School. He has played soccer for 12 years and was the goalie on the high school team.
“I just love the game,” Luthman said. “I like the teamwork and everything about it. It feels great to be a part of it. As goalie, I’m relied on to be the leader of the defense. It’s been a big challenge for me. I like the challenge. It feels great when you make that save and you get your team that much closer to winning.
“I’m really going to miss the game,” he added, “but I’m probably going to be watching a lot of it. There will be games [at OSU], so I won’t be totally away from it.”
At the high school, Luthman was a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.13 grade-point average. His senior year, he took advanced-placement classes in English, chemistry, government and calculus. He has been named a scholar-athlete and was honored with the President’s Award for academic achievement.
He is a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and did volunteer work with the honor society, including litter pickups and recycling events.
“It’s good to help the community,” Luthman said. “I don’t get to volunteer as much as I’d like because I always end up at work.”
Luthman is beginning his college career with a number of scholarships under his belt, including the four-year OSU Provost and the local American Legion.
Luthman works at Kroger and for fun, hangs out with friends.
The teen is the son of Ron and Sue Luthman. He has three elder brothers, Josh, Greg and Ty.