ELIDA — Jon Frueh, an 18-year-old senior that goes to Elida High School, is hoping for a career in aerospace engineering.
He’s been accepted into three colleges — Purdue, Cincinnati and Georgia Tech — and is in the process of deciding which is going to be the right fit for him.
“I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of flying and space travel ever since I was a little kid,” said Frueh. “I’ve always looked up to Neil Armstrong. I would always use him in my class reports for special people or role models we look up to.”
Frueh is an Eagle Scout candidate.
“For my Eagle Scout project, I worked with the parks to redesign the William Metzger Memorial out by Metzger Reservoir. We spent about six months on this to make a new design, take down the old design, and then we actually moved the monument to a more handicapped accessible location,” Frueh said.
For Frueh, the monument project was a history lesson in one of Allen County’s Medal of Honor recipients.
“I learned about his family. We actually had a dedication ceremony and I learned a lot about what he did to actually earn the Medal of Honor — the plane he flew on, how he died, where he died and just kind of everything that he did,” Frueh said. “It was really a great experience. I got to work with so many great people throughout the project and I just enjoyed being able to honor someone who had served our country and done so much to preserve the values of the U.S.”
Frueh says his experience with scouting has been a positive one.
“There’s just so many core values that Boy Scouts teaches you — just in the Scout law: A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent — just living by those values in your everyday life,” Frueh said.
While at Elida, Frueh participated in the swim team, the baseball team and was involved in band, choir and musical theatre. He’s class president and is vice president of student council and a member of the National Honor Society.
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