LIMA — Like many students, Ceyshon Huggins, 18, hasn’t quite decided what he wants to be when he grows up, so the Lima Senior High School senior is keeping his options open for now.
“I’m still stuck between sports medicine, athletic trainer or engineering. I know it’s going to be one of those, definitely,” he said.
His interest into a possible foray into sports medicine came after he injured himself playing football.
“Last year, playing football I had tore my ACL, and athletic trainers, they’re the first one on the field to help you out and assess your injury, so that had me thinking about what I wanted to do because the athletic trainer here [at Lima Senior] was the first guy out there to help me out, so I just thought it would be a more of like an emotional job, if you ask me,” he said. “If I do sports medicine, [I’ll go to] Toledo, Cincinnati, OSU or [Bowling Green].”
If he pursues engineering, he’ll go to the University of Cincinnati.
“I’m in the process of applying for a $10,000 scholarship [at the University of Cincinnati], which is renewable every year,” he said.
For someone like Huggins, it is nice to have options. He was also recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The scholarship goes to the African-American male with the highest academic standing at the school. Huggins maintains a 3.7 grade-point average.
“It makes me feel like the work that I do has been noticed on a much bigger scale than just around the school. They see how outstanding I’m doing and they’re helping me out for my work that I’m doing,” he said.
Huggins is also a wiz with the viola.
“I play in the orchestra, both in here at school and I also play in the Lima Area Youth Orchestra,” he said.
Athletically, he’s played football for the Spartans. He was a running back prior to tearing his ACL and then returned as a punter his senior year.
He’s hoping to try his hand at lacrosse, which is being offered for the first time at Lima Senior this spring.
“It’s like a football, hockey, soccer mix,” he said.
He also plays and coaches roller hockey.
“I started to coach too which helps me get even more involved with the kids there,” he said.
Huggins has enjoyed his experience at Lima Senior.
“The quality of the education is, I would say, one of the best in the area. I probably couldn’t ask for anything better. There are so many classes that we have that can be specific for what you want to do, like all of the sciences we have. Because just now [we’ve] got an astronomy class, which we’ve never had, so if you have an interest in astronomy like me, it just interests you more and helps you learn more. I’m in engineering career tech here which gets me prepared for my future,” he said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.