WAYNESFIELD — Alan Hatfield, 18, a senior at Waynesfield-Goshen High School is hoping to study engineering after he graduates.
“I want to go to college to a be mechanical engineer. Right now I’m looking at Akron, Otterbein and [Ohio Northern],” said Hatfield.
His curiosity about how things work should help him in that career path.
“I’m kind of like the person that likes to takes stuff apart and see how it works. Then I like to put stuff together — like if there’s any furniture my parents have, they always have me put it together. I used to take old TVs and old computers, just to take them apart. I like to work on my truck, and I figured with mechanical engineering I could make something with that,” he said.
Hatfield is also involved in sports at Waynesfield-Goshen.
“I run track, cross country, indoor and outdoor. I’m mostly a distance runner, but I’m trying to reduce that. I don’t like running that long anymore,” he said.
Hatfield is a member of FFA and he’s shown goats through 4-H.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn new things because I like to learn as much as I can and I figured goats would be a pretty cool thing to do and see how they’re raised and everything,” he said.
Through raising goats, Hatfield is learning to care for animals.
“[It’s] a lot of responsibility — making sure you feed them every morning, every night, make sure their pens are always clean, they always have water, to walk them. That’s a rough process to walk them all of the time, but it’s like learning responsibility. It’s just something else to take care of, and it’s kind of nice to see how your work shows off when you get judged on them and get ribbons after,” he said.
Waynesfield-Goshen is a place he’s comfortable with.
“I like it here. I moved here when I was in sixth grade. I was from Indian Lake so it was bigger but it wasn’t too much bigger. I think there were 100 kids in my class back then, so it was a little bit of a transition, but it wasn’t that bad. I was still young enough to where I could make friends at an early age. I like it here because the teacher-to-student ratio is really nice. If there’s any questions about anything you can just ask a teacher,” he said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.