LIMA — Meghan Nuckles, 17, a senior at Lima Senior High School, loves a good mystery. That curiosity is steering her toward a career in forensic science.
“Crime shows have been like my big thing ever since I was little. I’ve always loved watching them, and I’m someone who loves figuring out mysteries so why not be able to put all that together and science is a big part of that too, which I love,” Nuckles said.
Nuckles is considering enrolling at The Ohio State University or Miami University at Oxford.
She has a brother who is studying to become a wildlife officer.
“He kind of fueled my excitement (to study forensic science). Granted, I’ll be in a different department, but he’s also someone who I can lean back on to find the best ways for (collecting) evidence and stuff like that,” Nuckles said.
Outside of the classroom, Nuckles is a standout on the Girls lacrosse team.
“I’ve honestly fell in love with that sport from the get go. I actually had a friend bring me in two years ago in March and he was hey just come practice and I was like alright I’ll try it and had a falling in love with it. I used to play volleyball and then swim. I never had that special connection (with those sports),” Nuckles said.
She was involved with the program in its first year, scoring the program’s first goal.
In March when schools turned to remote learning, it was an abrupt change but Nuckles managed to make the best of it.
“In the beginning, it was very, very rocky. I love technology and I can adapt with it but when it gets to the point where it’s just me by myself sitting at home trying to do it definitely took some adjustment. But I finally sat down and just set some goals and was able to just get my stuff together and get it all done,” Nuckles said.
Of course, she prefers in-person classes and appreciates the steps that have been taken to keep her and her classmates safe.
“I think the precautions are doing just what they need to be doing to keep our school running because I would not prefer going back online just because I saw the amount of my friends who struggled with it,” Nuckles said.
During the remote learning, she realized she not only missed her friends but the teachers also.
“I love having the personal connection with them and just hearing about their day and just being able to talk to them face to face,” Nuckles said.
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