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FORT JENNINGS — Through adversity, Ethan Schimmoeller has found inspiration. The Fort Jennings High School senior said he sees his future through the eyes of his family.“I want to be a medical researcher. It all started with my grandparents, Al and Angela Schroeder,” he said. “My grandma has Alzheimer's, and my grandpa has Parkinson's disease. That's what really geared me towards medical research.”Ethan said his personal experience with his grandparents has been humbling.“They're so different from when I was little. It's tough,” he said. “We try to visit them every week, and between my mom and her 10 siblings, they get a lot of company, so that helps.”Ethan said he plans to pursue a career involving nonembryonic stem cell research.“I want to find a way to make them useful to us. With the ethical questions concerning embryonic stem cells, I want to avoid that,” he said.At Fort Jennings, Ethan played soccer four years for the Musketeers.“I used to run track, too, but I can't this year. I can't run. I'm not allowed,” he said. “I have a tumor in my leg, and in the last three minutes of our final soccer game, I got kicked, which made the condition a lot worse.“I'll finally get the tumor removed in April. They're burning it off with a needle,” Ethan added. “I'm actually excited to learn about the whole process because it's such a new technology.”In addition to sports, Ethan serves as president of the National Honor Society at Fort Jennings and is a member of the Math Club, Scholastic Bowl, and Envirothon team.Ethan said he studies environmental science with the Envirothon team a few times a week to prepare for competition.“There's a wide range of topics we need to know. We take tests in forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife, and current issues,” he said. “Last year, we went to state. I think our school has gone to state every year for the past 16 years, so we can't let that down.”Musically, Ethan plays trumpet in the school band and has a role in the spring musical production of “Alice in Wonderland.”With the Lifeteen band at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Columbus Grove, Ethan plays electric guitar.He also is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings and an Eagle Scout.In the summer, Ethan enjoys waterskiing and wakeboarding with his family.“We have a boat, and we go up to the Maumee River and Coldwater Lake, and we usually go to Lake Cumberland. We're definitely a watersports family,” he said. “I learned to ski when I was 5.”

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