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Outstanding Wright City student excels at soccer and in the classroom

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 1/17/24

Wright City High School senior Nathan Bowman earned honors after playing soccer in Missouri and is also a member of several clubs including health occupations.

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Outstanding Wright City student excels at soccer and in the classroom


Nathan Bowman is a busy Wright City High School senior. 

He spent the fall excelling for the Wildcats soccer team, earning several honors along the way.

He’ll spend the rest of the year involved in his clubs and preparing himself for college and his future career.

Q: What activities are you involved with here at school?

“So I did soccer during the fall, in which I got academic all-state, and I got all-state honors for just playing. Then I do NHS, Key Club, HOSA, FBLA, Spanish Club, and now I’m in health occupations.”

Q: How did you get involved in the non-sports clubs?

“I had a teacher last year, Ms. Bair, who was just like ‘you should do clubs,’ and I always thought they were just kind of nerdy things. And I was like ‘I don’t want to do that,’ but I joined them and I just loved every part of it. So I just immersed myself in all the clubs I could find.”

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Q: What is it about Key Club that you like being a part of?

“It’s not about just doing the service but how I feel after doing it. I feel like there’s actually a role being played because I’m the one who’s doing the role.”

Q: How did you get involved in FBLA?

“It was Ms. Bair’s club, and I was like ‘oh yeah, I’ll do this,” and she was like “I want you to compete for state.’ I did good on the test but I should have studied a bit more to hopefully make it to internationals, but I didn’t. So that’s the plan this year is to do that, go to state and then hopefully win state and go to internationals.”

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Q: Are you interested in being in business when you become an adult?

“Well, I thought about it whenever I was in her class, but the medical field is what really brought me in, and I just really want to be a doctor. So that’s what I want to do.”

Q: How did you decide to become a doctor?

“My sister, she’s going through nursing school and every day whenever she’d get home, I would just ask questions. I just love knowing stuff. And so I was like, that’s what I like. I just want to know everything and being a doctor gives me that way to do that.”

Dare to Excel: Wright City senior Charleigh Ferrell

Q: Is that how you got involved in health occupations?

“Yeah. I didn’t take any of the before classes, like biomed or human body systems. But they still let me in and I’m so happy they did because that class is amazing. The teacher’s great, Miss Beasley, and all the work is fun. And I’ve learned so much.”

Q: What are some of the things you’ve learned?

“So right now we’re doing the endocrine system, which is all the hormones and the glands. We did the heart, we did the circulatory system, we did the skin system. And I’ve learned so much. By the end of it we’re all going to be CPR certified and then in about two or three months, we’ll be in the hospitals doing clinicals.”

Dare to Excel: Warrenton senior Roy Briggs

Q: How did playing soccer help with your desire to be a doctor?

“Soccer, I played my whole life, and being a doctor isn’t just something that you just easily can go do. It’s something you have to be competitive for. And so I think that’s helped me because it’s given me the drive to do what others aren’t willing to do to bring my chances higher to make that dream successful.”

Q: Given your desire to be a doctor, how is that guiding you through your senior year?

“It’s really just motivated me even more. I’ve always been someone who doesn’t need motivation to finish anything. And senior year is mostly when people have their biggest fall off. But senior year has been the year that I’ve improved the most, not just academically, but as a person, too. I don’t just let things go. I always do them. I don't procrastinate anymore. If I want to do something, I sit down and I do it.”

Dare to Excel: Wright City senior Tayla Payne

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite class: Health occupations

Favorite music: Rap

Favorite singer: “I’m really into Khalid right now.”

Favorite vacation spot: “Italy was really fun when we went there, but probably York in England.”

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at jason@warrencountyrecord.com

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