Jon Cader – Louisiana Interview by Inspiring Teens Team Nomination by Misti Cader Photography by Sprig Designs Issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Jon Michael Cader (Jmike), is an outstanding Christian role model at Ouachita Christian School. His outgoing personality along with his willingness to help others in need are just a couple of his great qualities. He is the epitome of what a student athlete should be and is a natural leader not only on and off the field but in the classroom as well. He holds a 4.8 GPA, scored a 29 on the ACT, is a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He will be attending Mississippi College after graduation, majoring in Pre-Med with aspirations to become an Anesthesiologist while playing baseball for the MC Choctaws.
Photography by Sprig Designs
Academics and Baseball are both particularly important to you. How do you create such high success in both, and where do you attribute the value of your high standards for yourself in these areas? How do you balance them both? I believe to be successful in anything you must be passionate about it, and this is what creates the drive to put in the extra work required to succeed. From a young age my parents instilled in me to strive for nothing less than excellence, and all goals are obtainable as long as I am willing to put in the work and effort to achieve them. Balancing them both is surely a juggling act and a skill I am still learning to master, but ultimately academics is always first.
Let’s talk about academics first. Your GPA and ACT scores are outstanding. Does learning come easy to you or do you have a special study secret you would like to share with us? Unfortunately, learning does not come easily to me. Maintaining my GPA requires a lot of effort. This year, I was struggling in AP Calculus, and I had to get a tutor to help me understand the material. Though this may not be a secret, refraining to procrastinate reduces stress and prevents a homework overload.
Where did your interest in going Pre-Med begin and why did you choose Mississippi College? What type of Dr. do you plan on becoming and why? I have always wanted to go into the medical field because of the joy I find in helping others. The science behind the human body has always been an interest of mine. Healing and bettering a human being are extraordinary in my eyes. I chose Mississippi College because they offered me a scholarship to play baseball for them. During my official visit, I learned not only that they have the best pre-med program in the state of Mississippi, but also the only cadaver lab. I plan on being an Anesthesiologist. Though I love helping others, the profession will also provide a sound financial future.
Tell us about your baseball career and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. What are your positions/roles and what do you love about them? My parents started me in baseball at the age of 4. I started playing travel ball around 8 years old. Around the age of 12, I developed a burning passion for the game. I have been fortunate enough to play baseball all over the United States, playing with some of the best talent in the country. I have played for prestigious programs which helped mold me as a player. As a Ouachita Christian Eagle, we won a state championship my sophomore year. Now, I am fortunate enough to further my athletic career at the collegiate level. I am primarily a middle infielder while also competing in the starting rotation as a pitcher. I love to compete. From the minute I step between the lines to the moment I hear “ballgame,” it is game time. I also love the role of leadership I have taken up in mentoring the underclassman.
What is your school like, and what legacy or positivity do you hope to leave behind to the underclassmen? Ouachita Christian focuses on a college prep education while preparing its students for time and eternity by instilling Christian values in us. OCS athletically competes for state championships in multiple sports year after year. I hope to leave behind a positive Christlike legacy. When my name is brought up, I hope the thoughts of hard work, dedication, and child of God are mentioned.
Look for Jon in issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!