WAYNESFIELD — Cole Barnes, 17, a senior at Waynesfield-Goshen High School is hoping to use his interest in technology to carve a career for himself after high school.
“I’m thinking maybe something in the field of IT. I don’t know whether it would be agricultural IT, digital forensics or anything like that, but I haven’t decided,” said Barnes.
The Information Technology field is related to his prowess in the math and science fields at Waynesfield-Goshen.
“They just sound like something I would be interested in. I’ve always been really good with fixing technology when something goes wrong. My parents have got a business and they’ll have problems with their computers and I’ll come over and help every once in a while,” he said.
“Cole is one of those kids who leads by positive example. He’s always taken opportunities to go to our new Maker’s Den, which is our Makerspace here at Waynesfield, and has done a lot of individual projects down there that’s he’s shown me that are very high level. So it’s good to see him utilizing those, and you can tell what he wants to go into is something that he likes to do and is pretty good at it,” said Brian Hogan, Waynesfield-Goshen Principal.
“I have used our 3-D printer to make a stormtrooper helmet and had Mr. Turner teach me how to use the 3-D software and designed Thor’s hammer and printed that. I took a piece of wood and carved a picture of my dog into it with the laser,” said Barnes.
Barnes is involved with music at Waynesfield-Goshen.
“I am in concert band, marching band and pep band. It’s just really fun. There’s lots of good social aspects to it such as getting to hang out with all of your friends during the games and it’s just fun to perform for everyone,” he said.
Barnes is still undecided where he’ll go to college.
“I’ve thought about UNOH, Rhodes [State], Ohio State, those are some options but I haven’t really decided anything yet,” he said.
He’s also found the experience at Waynesfield-Goshen High School a positive one.
“I like that it’s small and the teachers can be personal with you and everyone knows everyone around here,” he said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.