HARROD — Aidan Neff, an 18-year-old senior at Allen East High School, has his sights set on becoming an engineer.
He’s also active in music and wants to pursue both in college.
“Right now, the plan is to go for engineering and minor in music theory,” Neff said. “I really wanted to do something with music but there’s not a lot of money in that, so engineering is another thing I’ve been interested in but I could probably do something with music theory on the side, whether it’s write music or arrange music.”
Neff plays the sousaphone in band and the baritone saxophone in symphonic band.
Neff is an Eagle Scout and lettered on the cross country team.
For his Eagle Scout project, he designed a cross country course at Allen East.
“We didn’t have one before, and I remember our old athletic director saying that was something that we needed because every time we went to meets, we were losing money,” Neff said.
Being on the cross country team wasn’t something he was all that excited about.
“No one wants to be there,” Neff said with a chuckle. “I was initially signed up for it. Guess it looks good on a resume or something when you go to go to college. … It’s just funny because everyone’s like, you’re gonna run three miles, I’m going to run three miles and I’m not excited either.”
But seriously, he does like to run.
“One thing that I like in cross country, in particular, is there’s not really a rival … there’s not like hostility between schools because everyone’s just there to run really far,” Neff said.
He’s also hoping his reaching the rank of Eagle will also help him later in life.
“Well, I’ve heard that on job applications it usually warrants a second look, even if they didn’t think you were that impressive,” Neff said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.