HARROD — Tyler Clum, a 17 year old senior at Allen East High School, is ready to head back to class when school resumes Aug. 31.
He’s an athlete and hopes to participate in football, basketball and baseball his senior year.
He’s quarterback on the football team, plays guard in basketball and shortstop in baseball.
Clum tore his ACL last year and that experience has caused him to look at a possible career in the medical field after high school.
“That really piqued my interest and that made me really want to pursue that more than some other things I thought of in the past,” Clum said.
He is leaning toward becoming a physician’s assistant.
His participation in sports has taught him some skills he can use later in life.
“It’s helped me become a lot more responsible and it teaches you how to work hard and especially with my ACL injury that’s taught me perseverance and just how to get through stuff. That was really hard last year. I know I learned a lot from it,” Clum said.
In the spring, when all schools went to remote learning, Clum had to adapt to the new normal for education.
“I thought it went well. Some days it felt a lot easier but there were other times it was tougher to learn on your own more than being taught in the classroom. I thought the teachers did a really good job. They made it easier for us so it wasn’t as stressful,” Clum said.
He prefers in-person classes, though.
“I feel as I learn a lot better that way and I just like being at school and being around other people,” Clum said. “I really like our school. There’s a lot of great people there. I have a lot of good friends that go there.”
Clum is also involved in 4-H and is preparing to show sheep at the Allen County Fair, which is now a junior fair only.
“Just like sports, it teaches you responsibility. You take care of them, make sure they’re healthy, watch their weight and make sure they’re ready for the fair,” Clum said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.