WAYNESFIELD — For Waynesfield-Goshen junior Drew Lament, the formula for his success comes down to two words: hard work.
“I usually have to work at it more,” he said. “I’m one of those people who has to study a half-hour or hour before a test because it doesn’t just stick in my mind.”
That hard work has also translated well in his performance in sports, with Drew competing in football, golf and track, both indoor and outdoor events. Drew has also participated in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Leadership Conference, as well as the school’s FFA chapter.
“I’m a big outdoors person, and I love going to all the events they have, like soil judging,” he said. “We get involved with the community, like when we recently painted all the fire hydrants around the school blue and gold.”
Being in an environment like Waynesfield-Goshen has also played a role in Drew’s academic success.
“I love the smaller school,” he said. “I think it’s more personal, with fewer kids in the classroom. Teachers can work with you more.”
Through all of his endeavours, Drew’s priorities have always stayed the same.
“I always think, ‘Academics first,’” he said. “If I’m doing bad in a class, I’ll miss the first 15 minutes of practice to talk to my teacher or something, because that comes first.”
That mindset comes from his family, especially his mother, who is also a teacher at the school.
“My mom definitely helps out, especially since she’s a teacher,” he said. “It is not just the words of support or encouragement they give me, but also the physical presence at my activities. They always encourage me to try my hardest and do my best at whatever I do.”
Now an honor roll student, Drew plans to take that industrious mindset into his future career.
“I definitely want to go into some sort of engineering,” he said. “I’ve thought about mechanical engineering the most because I like that kind of stuff.”