Ethan Brown – Ohio Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Tawnya English Photography by Memories by Tawnya Photography, Peg Brown & Ethan Brown
The Nomination: Ethan Brown has won the 1st team GMC conference award for offensive tackle in football. Ethan also wrestles and was the team captain and he won an award for having the most pins on the team. He was fall homecoming king at his school. His senior year GPA is a 3.850 but his cumulative GPA is 3.450. He is going to Purdue Fort Wayne and majoring in mechanical engineering. He plans on joining ROTC while he is in college. After college he wants to seek employment at a wind farm or hydroelectric power plant. Some of his accomplishment include building a dam in the creek behind his house to build up the water level and eventually harvest the water’s potential energy. He used study hall in school to go to his science teacher’s room and build water pumps and repairing heaters. Ethan had built a water filter with nothing but scraps that he found around his classroom. Ethan wishes to see 50% of the world’s energy produced by renewable energy sources in my lifetime and would like to be a big part of this goal.
Image by Peg Brown
Tell us what it’s like being in the mechanical engineering field.
The mechanical engineering field is, and always will be a competitive field of study. Mechanical engineers are responsible for designing machines. Some machines need power to run, and some machines make power. I am more interested in making the power. What is the ROTC you are interested in? ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps and it is a military program that some colleges offer. It basically pays for all or most of my college tuition in exchange for military service. I am interested and in joining the U.S. Army reserve and Corps of Engineers.
How did you build water filters from nothing but scraps? What was the most difficult part?
Building a water filter is actually pretty easy. All I needed was a long tube, an air pump, and some charcoal. I started by attaching a small box with a grate in it onto the tube, that way water could pass through it, but the charcoal would stay in place. I then put the small air tube down the middle of the larger tube and submerged the whole thing into a fish tank. Once the air pump was turned on, it produced air bubbles at the bottom of the tank which helped carry water up the tube where it could be filtered through the charcoal and dispensed back into the tank.
Image by Memories by Tawnya Photography
How are you planning on making our environment 50% from renewable resources?
It is highly unlikely that the world will ever be able to run on 100% renewable energy, but it can definitely get close. My plan to get the world to 50% renewable energy usage would require a very large campaign wherein I would need to sell people on the benefits of renewable energy.
What is something people can do to help? Things like solar panels and wind turbines are an investment. They cost a lot of money up front, but after several years, they pay themselves off and then keep producing electricity. If everybody invested in solar roof panels for their homes, that would make a huge impact and they would also save money in the long run.
Image by Ethan Brown
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today?
Be nice to everybody you meet and just go with the flow.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future?
I see myself getting married and starting a family. Hopefully I am working at a wind farm.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring?
I am well known at my school because I do the video announcements in the mornings. In my special segments I try to do funny things that will bring joy to the students when they watch it. My goal is to prepare them for the day with a laugh, and I think a lot of my classmates look up to me for that. I also just try to be nice to everyone and live by the golden rule.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate?
I live a pretty routine life between school, sports and work, so organization is not a tremendous burden for me.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination?
When I’m not in school, the gym, or working at the grocery store, you can usually find me hanging out with my girlfriend. She is just absolutely amazing and between you and me, she’s way out of my league.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
Yes, I have mad yo-yo skills.
Who do you find inspiring?
Brian Shaw, 4x world’s strongest man.
Pizza or Tacos? Soda or Water? Cats or Dogs?
Pizza, water, dogs.
3 Things on your bucket list
Travel to New Zealand, get a pilot’s license, belly flop into a black hole.
Anything else you’d like to tell us?
The dam I built in my creek had risen the water level by about 2 feet. Unfortunately, the Ohio rains raised it a bit too high and the water started pouring over the dam and it collapsed yesterday (4/22/19). But don’t worry, I’ll rebuild it.
Ethan will be featured in Issue 20 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Emily Williams – Ohio Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination and Photography by Memories by Tawnya Photography Featured in Issue 19 Inspiring Teens Magazine - Music
The Nomination: Emily was a huge help in leading her band this last summer into school year unexpected due to her teacher having a medical issue happen! Emily took on the role of helping her peers by leading and working with students that needed extra help. She also helped the assistant and sub teachers prep for band by getting materials ready. Emily did every task that landed in her lap. She even helped load and unload the bus before and after events and games. All this led to her astounding accomplishment of her as Field Commander. Emily also won the Outstanding Leadership Award. She is in School Musicals, Choir and the Art Club. Emily is also heavily involved with her church.
What happened for you to step into the leader role you received with music? My music teacher had planned surgery that lead to complications that were unexpected. She couldn’t be back in time, so she asked me if I could step in and be the Field Commander to help the fill-in director. We all worked together to make this past marching band season happen. My classmates and I continue to pray that our director will be able to return to doing what she loves. In the end, we are all there to make music, and be a family.
Tell us about the role of Field Commander position you had. A Field Commander is under the director but is the highest leadership position in the band. I started during percussion camp, sorting through music for all the underclassman's folders. I then went through band camp with my fellow peers. Typically, field commanders have their own camp where they learn to direct, but I crammed it in a couple days. Luckily, I had amazing directors that were there to help guide me along the way! Eventually, we got our whole show together, and would prepare for competitions. In between these, I'd painted a couple 8 ft. backdrops that are placed on the field for a show. I'd also help with minor things like fetching things for directors and getting rubber bands to kids (for their flip folders.)
How did you become a role model by helping your peers who needed extra help? The first day of band camp, all of us seniors introduced ourselves to the under classmen to make them feel comfortable. We all knew what it was like being the new kid on the first day, and we just wanted them to feel accepted. Anytime a kid would need help, I would try to help them to the best of my ability. I helped teach kids the fundamentals of marching. Most people think it's not that hard to do, but they've never had to make sure they have a good posture, rolling their feet, carrying an instrument, and trying to play at the same time. Some kids would get frustrated, but I'd encourage them to keep at it.
What is the Marching Band Award you have won? It was an award given to me by my director my junior year of high school (2017-2018). This award goes to the marcher who never settles and is willing to do what it takes to help the band succeed. I think I've won it because I strive to show that our Class C band can march as good as any Class B or A band. Yes, those bands are big, but they don't have the strong family connection a small band like ours has. We treat each other like family, and family we stay.
What are some of the activities you are involved with at your church? I enjoy helping people doing work for the kingdom. I'm involved in our church’s youth group and the Sunday school. For Sunday school, I help with the 4 and 5-year-olds and love contributing to both. I love teaching little kids about the Lord and His great love for them. Seeing their smiling faces each week brings me indescribable joy.
Emily will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!