LIMA — Jack Zerante is hoping his studies at Lima Central Catholic High School will translate into success in the chemical engineering field.
Zerante, who is an 18-year-old senior at LCC, is considering studies at either Ohio State University or Texas A&M.
“My brother’s an engineer, and so he kind of influenced me,” Zerante said. “I have always loved science and math, especially through the courses here (at LCC). I loved chemistry, and I did some career mentorship through the school. It allowed me to see a bunch of different types of engineering, and chemical just kind of seemed like the one that I was interested in.”
With Lima home to Husky Energy and Proctor & Gamble, there are potential opportunities to return to the area.
“I don’t know if I ever plan to be back in Lima. It’ll kind of just depend on where it goes,” Zerante said. “I did do one of my mentorships through Husky, and I liked it. It’s definitely a good place to be, and I do have a lot of family here too, so that’s always an option.”
Until college, Zerante is enjoying his time at LCC.
He’s on the school soccer team and involved in CYO basketball.
He’s also student body president. He’s involved in National Honor Society, the Students in Action service club and the math club.
Being involved in so much is a challenge.
“Time management is a big one,” he said. “You’ve got to be to practice. You have to manage homework and stuff. My first two years, it wasn’t as big of a deal to me, but with more and more challenging classes that I’ve taken, it’s a big thing making sure that I have stuff done.”
His experience at LCC is one he treasurers.
“Personally, I feel close with every single one of my classmates. I know them by name. It’s almost like my own family when I come to school every day,” Zerante said. “We have a very active grade, sports-wise. We have a lot of athletes that play sports, so we’re always at a game supporting one another. We get along with all the teachers. It’s like having a more one-on-one interaction with the teachers. They care that you’re performing well, and they don’t want to see you fall behind.”
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