SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Casey Ulrick, an 18-year-old senior who is nearly ready to graduate from Shawnee High School, is hoping to pursue a music education degree at Ohio University in Athens.
“I have a sister who went to Ohio University. This is her senior year. It’s just such a lovely campus down there. It’s a nice place and they have an awesome music program too and an awesome education program,” Ulrick said.
Ulrick sings in the choir and plays trumpet in the band and performs with the Lima Area Youth Orchestra and the Lima Area Concert Band.
“When I got into high school, they had two music teachers who had just retired. They had two new young music teachers who came in and they really inspired me to get more into music and get more involved,” said Ulrick.
Once he graduates from OU, Ulrick hopes to come back into the area and teach.
Ulrick has seen what the COVID-19 pandemic has done to normal activities at school, like concerts.
“Some of them were taking place earlier in the year, but a lot of the later ones got cut short and a lot of stuff got canceled the last half of the year,” Ulrick said.
He was also a member of the Science Olympiad team at Shawnee and that was going well until the new coronavirus hit.
“We went to a regional at Bowling Green where we placed high enough to get to go to state. If the pandemic hadn’t hit we would have been at state on April 25,” Ulrick said.
Missing many of the things that go into the senior year of high school, Ulrick still manages to stay close to classmates.
“It’s hard sometimes, but a lot of people my age have more online stuff like social media and everything so it helps to keep people connected,” he said.
So what does Ulrick miss the most?
“All my music classes. I can sit at home and play my trumpet anytime I want, but it’s not the same as being in a band in the band room and actually playing as a group,” Ulrick said.
He’s hoping his experience at Shawnee will help him later in life as he attends Ohio University.
“Shawnee is a good school. I have a lot of friends who are older than me who are freshmen or sophomores in college who say that Shawnee prepares you really well for college, so that’s what I’m hoping at least,” Ulrick said.
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