February 26, 2012
MILLER CITY — Jessica Leis has never let broken bones get her down. Instead, her misfortunes have turned into an interest in the biomedical field.“I'd like to get a bachelor's degree in exercise science and then go on to become a physician's assistant and specialize in orthopedics,” she said. “Through my sports, I've had multiple injuries. I've had a broken collarbone and a broken foot and other injuries, and I always went to the orthopedic doctor and thought it was interesting.”Leis, a senior at Miller City-New Cleveland High School, has taken four years of biomedical classes through the school's Project Lead the Way program. “I've liked all our classes. The human body is really interesting, and the way all the bones and tendons and everything work together,” she said.For the Wildcats, Leis serves as a team captain in three sports. “I play soccer, basketball and softball. It's almost nonstop. I like sports, and I like being competitive and trying to do the best I can. I try to be a leader and get everyone pumped up to do their best, too,” she said.Leis has earned Putnam County scholar-athlete awards in all three sports and a total of 11 varsity letters. “Before graduation, I hope to make it 12,” she said.In softball, Leis made first-team Putnam County League her sophomore and junior years, an honorable mention in all-district competition her sophomore year and honorable mention in all-state her junior year.Leis also played softball with the Northwest Ohio Lady Buckeye Softball travel team.“I might play softball in college, but I don't know if I'll be able to manage it all. I would like to play, but I want to focus on my grades,” she said.At Miller City, Leis serves as president of the National Honor Society and Student Council and managing editor of the yearbook. She also is a member of the Quiz Bowl and Students Against Destructive Decisions, and she participates in school theater productions.In art, Leis has won a best of show and three merit awards at the Putnam County Art Show. “I really enjoy art. I like painting and putting things together, working with different materials, like mixed media,” she said.In addition, Leis has participated in Putnam County Leadership Day events, and she earned “superior” merit awards for science fair projects at the county, district, regional, and state levels.Leis also participates in youth group activities and service projects at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Miller City, and she works at Liebrecht Poultry Farms.You can comment on this story at www.LimaOhio.com.