BATH TOWNSHIP — Riley Iiames is 18 years old, a senior at Bath High School, a homecoming queen, is active in volleyball and softball and is on the school’s academic team.
The energetic student has her sights set on the University of Findlay after graduation and wants to be an intervention specialist.
“I’ve had some experiences where I’ve worked with kids with disabilities before. They’re just really special to me. I’ve also raced in something like called SuperKids, soapbox derby cars that are made for two people. It’s just really special, and I made a friend from Oregon and he wrote me a note and stuff, and he has some major health issues and he also has Down Syndrome. Another one of my good friends, Kiera, I hang out with her once every few months. We go out for dinner or shopping,” she said.
The lessons learned in the field of sports is something that can be applied to your success later in life.
“It enables you to work together with people and despite the differences, you all have similarities and use your different skills in order to come together as one because you need all of those different skills,” she said.
After college, she would like to be a volleyball coach.
Iiames is also active in SHINE, a mentoring program at Bath schools.
“I’ve done it my freshman through senior year, now. I go over to the elementary and I’m assigned a teacher and I help tutor students. I help out with the kindergarten classroom,” she said.
She’s also helped out second and third graders through the SHINE program.
Her experience at Bath schools has prepared her for her future.
“I just really like the staff and students. The staff always cares about you. You can tell that they’re always here for you and they want to set you up for success, not only here, but in the future. They’re constantly checking on you. I like the assemblies we have. The assemblies are very beneficial. Mr. Jesco, the new principal, he’s been doing a really good job starting new things here to make it a more positive place to be,” she added.
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