ELIDA — Preston Layman, a 17-year-old senior at Elida High School, is getting used to heading back to in-person education.
Elida schools resumed classes on Aug. 12.
“At first, it was weird. Like, it was just weird having to walk around the school with a mask on,” Layman said. “I can’t see people’s faces, their facial expressions, but at this point, I’ve just come to get used to it.”
Layman experienced remote learning this past spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was hectic at first, obviously, since it was just right on the dot — we were just online right away. But eventually, it all smoothed out. Classes went well. Teachers started up in communication. We did a lot of video conferences, so everything worked out in the end.” Layman said.
Layman was excited to hear that the governor would allow contact sports in the fall.
Layman is a soccer player.
“I think it was amazing. It was at the end of our school day, and we had it pulled up on the screen and everybody was super happy when it was announced. Like, everybody was ecstatic,” Layman said.
Layman is excited about his career path.
“I’m working towards becoming a neurosurgeon and that’s pretty much always been my lifelong dream. I’ve been able to observe surgeries over the summer. I went and watched some spinal surgeries and some hernia repairs at St. Rita. So that was really cool. Pretty much now I’m just working towards going to college and getting into medicine,” Layman said.
Layman said his motivation for getting into medicine was from someone close to his family.
“A long time ago, a family friend had some cancer and I started doing research on it and ever since then just medicine in the brain, in particular, has just fast fascinated me and I just always wanted to delve deeper into it,” Layman said.
Layman is hoping to go to Wright State University for his undergraduate studies.
Layman is pleased with his experience at Elida schools.
“Overall, it’s been great. I love Elida. I haven’t had any problems. Nothing crazy is happening. I’ve just been having great classes and great people around me,” Layman said.
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