Kaleb Peters - Indiana Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Jenni Peters Photography by MJ Portrait Design Issue 26 - Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Kaleb Peters not only plays football, baseball, and basketball, but he also holds a 4.0 GPA. He is an officer in FFA and very involved, as well as a mentor for Coach Kids. In addition, he is a member of National Honors Society, CP Robotics team, and plays Esports as well. This young man is always busy! He is always willing to help others out or lend a hand at home! He loves his family; he even takes his little brother and nephew to school every morning! He inspires others with his drive and determination!
Tell us about your academic career so far. I have always dreamed of attending the best programs in Indiana whether that was engineering at Purdue University or Business at Indiana University. I knew that I would have to excel in school to get into these rigorous programs, but I knew it was possible. Throughout my time in school I have maintained a 4.0 gpa and never strived for anything but the best. Although I may not be first in my class since I am so busy with extracurricular activities, I would never settle for anything less than a 4.0. It has been tough at times, but persistence is key to becoming successful.
How has sports laid out a good future for you? Although academics come first, sports have given me so many characteristics that are helpful for my future. Whether that is something so simple as teamwork, or maybe more complicated such as the will to be successful. At times sports may seem like they are hard or a waste of time, but they have shaped me today in ways that go unnoticed. Leadership is challenging to teach but within my four years of sports I have learned that life is more enjoyable when you help others in their journey of life.
Tell us about your involvement with FFA. What is it like being an officer? Throughout my time an FFA I have realized that agriculture is everywhere. In FFA I have had the opportunity to meet and talk to thousands of new people, go to multiple leadership conferences, and learned so much about agriculture that I didn’t even know existed. My role model as a middle school student was Jared Stillwell, who was an FFA officer at the time, played many sports, and was very intelligent. I not only wished to be him, but I also strived to do everything he did. He told me that being an officer in FFA was the most fun thing in high school because not only do you get to represent your chapter in front of the whole state or nation, you get to encourage others to be more active in learning about agriculture, and you get to tell them about the opportunities they have to better the community which is a very big part of FFA.
When you aren’t busy with school, what are some things you do in your free time? When I’m not busy with schoolwork you can find me playing on my basketball, football, baseball, robotics and esports teams. When I am not doing any of those things, I enjoy working on equipment for the farm that I am employed at, hunting, fishing, and trapping. I am involved in Science Club, Key Club, National Honors Society, Student Council, FFA, COACH Kids, Drama Club, Robotics Team, Esports team, and Learning to Lead. During the summer I play on a travel baseball team every weekend and work on a farm to help a local farmer.
Tell us about your experience going to Washington D.C. for a leadership conference. Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) was a tremendous eye-opening experience. Not only did I get to see the nation's capital and see the monuments, I had the opportunity to learn how to develop a plan for the better of my community. Throughout the week we learned about how others have served their community, setting up a plan to better yourself and others, but also how to put that plan into action for the better of your hometown. I learned how to set goals that ensure that I stay on track to have a successful future and I was able to meet over four hundred new people from all over the nation whose passions were similar to mine.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? There is no doubt what I would say is to not let the little things bother you. Too many times in high school I see people cry over something so simple as getting a bad grade on a test. The best thing to do is accept it and study harder next time. Too many people worry about the past or what might happen instead of doing what they know they can do. I believe in learning from your mistakes and moving on. Your future has nothing to do with a simple mistake that you have made.
Kaleb will be featured in Issue 26 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!