LIMA — Michael Snow, a 17-year-old senior at Lima Senior High School, has his eyes set on service to our country.
Snow has already committed to serving in the U.S. Army and spent this summer at basic training.
“I shipped out to basic training June 2, arrived at Fort Jackson and I graduated August 18,” Snow said. “I’ll finish my senior year and then I’m planning on either going to West Point, the U.S. Military Academy or I’m going to ROTC commissioned as an officer. My plan is to do ROTC Reserve Officer Training Corps and try and get commissioned as an officer and the Army is going to pay for most of that. I’m going to try and go for as many ROTC scholarships I can and I’m going to study history at (Bowling Green State University), hopefully.”
Snow has a love of history and hopes to become a teacher.
“History is one of my favorite subjects. I love talking about that. Teaching is a passion and would be something I’d love to do after the Army,” Snow said.
Snow is active at Lima Senior, participating on the baseball team and DECA.
“Right now I’m currently running for the senior class president of my DECA chapter. Last year as a junior I was president for one of the junior chapters,” Snow said.
Last year, as a junior, he helped with the Holiday Classic basketball tournament.
Last spring was a time of change for everyone as the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to turn to remote learning.
“It was a rough adjustment but in the long run, I think that it is going to be better for me. I don’t like to do online classes but, the school, I think they realize now if we had to go online that they could go online and I think it just gave the teachers a good experience and know that if they do online, that that’s possible,” Snow said.
Snow is glad to be returning to in-person education.
“Wearing the masks, it’s not as bad as everybody said. We had to wear masks for basic training, so it’s an adjustment. Everybody is different but I love being back in the classroom, back around all of my friends, all of our teachers for that final goodbye before I ship out,” Snow said. “I’ve always known that I wanted to serve my country, wherever that was. I love the idea of sacrificing myself so that my family and everybody else can have the freedoms that they deserve.”
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