LIMA — Brandon Goldsberry, a 17-year-old senior at Lima Central Catholic High School, soars above the clouds in a Piper Tomahawk.
He’s been taking flying lessons from Brent Richter at the Neil Armstrong Airport in Auglaize County.
In November, he took his first solo flight.
“First I went up with my instructor two, three times maybe — circled the airport, it’s like, ‘Okay, you’re ready’ and then I’m like, ‘Okay, let’s do this.’ So it’s a little nerve-wracking when you see your instructor, who’s always with you and then all of a sudden he’s out of the plane and walking away and you’re used to having a body right next to you and now I’m alone,” said Goldsberry. “Honestly, once I took off, all that worry kind of melted away because I’ve done it enough. There’s just so many things to do, you really don’t have time to feel afraid or nervous — you’re just so busy.”
Armstrong, the first man on the moon, learned to fly at that airport and to some extent Goldsberry is following in his footsteps.
Armstrong made it to Eagle Scout and Goldsberry is working to attain that rank in the Boy Scouts.
While many Eagle Scout projects have surrounded building something, like a veterans chair, benches or even monuments, Goldsberry decided to do something different.
“What I did is I gathered a bunch of donations — from ramen noodles to deodorant and I packed them into seven boxes totaling about 710 pounds and sent them overseas to soldiers,” he said.
The responses he got back floored him.
“We got multiple thank you notes. It was way more rewarding. There’s nothing wrong with building benches at a park — I’m not dissing those projects whatsoever — but to me, it just felt a lot more rewarding to see soldiers, people who fight for our country, send you letters back — those guys that we think are all big and tough. Inside they’re like marshmallows. They really do show that emotion and are really thankful for what I sent them. It’s just really rewarding,” Goldsberry noted.
Goldsberry plans on going to Xavier University and study biology and then move on to medical school.
Ultimately, he’s aiming to become an anesthesiologist.
“My sophomore year, our English teacher had us write a career paper. Well, of course, me being this smart alec that I was, I looked up the top 10 highest paying jobs in Ohio and (anesthesiologist) came up,” he said.
He had a chance to shadow an anesthesiologist and was amazed.
“The anesthesiologist I shadowed, he would administer anesthesia to a couple of people who were going into labor and he came back about 15 minutes later and all of the pain was just erased. I just thought that was fascinating seeing how anesthesia can have such an amazing effect,” Goldsberry said.
Goldsberry likes the small school atmosphere at Lima Central Catholic High School.
“I’ve grown up within a smaller atmosphere (at St. Charles) and LCC is a place where everyone knows everyone and you always have a person to talk to if you need to. It’s really an accepting place,” Goldsberry added.
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