WAPAKONETA — Seamus Carnes uses a variety of disciplines to keep his mind focused and to release stress, ranging from karate to drawing.
“I do like to compete,” said Seamus, 13. “I do like to win. I’m very aggressive and I don’t like to engage in fighting. I like to bike … and I like wrestling. I’m in my second year of wrestling.
“I try to keep myself fit, to maintain good health. I like it when you’re good all day, when you’re succeeding and getting good grades and doing the homework and then you do something like wrestling that releases all the bad energy you have. You can have fun. It’s a reward for all the work.”
Seamus is a seventh-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School, where he plays football as a linebacker.
“Football is like wrestling,” Seamus said. “After school, I can just go out and smash others and get rid of all the bad energy I acquired over the day. It’s a good outlet for me. I also like working as a team. It builds character. It’s like the old saying, ‘There’s no I in team.’ You can’t go out there and just do it yourself. You have to depend on the other players, the coaches, the trainers.”
Seamus has studied Juikidoki-style karate for five years.
“I’m taking a break right now from karate,” he said. “I will get back into it when wrestling is over. Karate, it gives you good mind-hand-body unity. It makes you feel one with yourself. It prepares you for everything this world has to offer. It’s hard to explain. It makes you feel good, confident. You can use it for emergency self-defense. It gives you a sense of security.”
Seamus is a regular on the honor roll and volunteers at the recycling center. He is a member of the Auglaize Church of Christ. He hopes to pursue a career as a personal trainer, physical therapist or social worker who helps children with physical and mental disabilities.
For fun, he lifts weights, listens to music, hunts with friends, writes and draws.
“I sketch people and landscapes,” Seamus said. “I use pencil and pastels. I like it very much. I show my emotions. It’s a peaceful outlet for me. Sometimes you don’t want to compete. You want to relax.”
Seamus has displayed art at the Riverside Art Center. He writes short stories and poetry.
“Language arts and art, they go hand-in-hand sometimes,” Seamus said. “The art helps me with my poetry, and when I learn a new word, I try to put it into my artwork. My dad draws. It’s where I learned a lot of my technique.”
Seamus is the son of John and Angie Carnes. He has a brother, Johnny, 3, and a sister, Shannon, 9.