Name: Kassahun Lehman
Parents’ names: Charles and Kim Lehman
School: Valders High School
Year in school: senior
What extracurricular activities have you been involved with during high school? Cross country, track, football, wrestling, basketball, Marching Band and Symphonic Band.
What is one academic accomplishment about which you feel particularly good? I am really proud of how far I have come in my English speaking and writing skills. I knew very little English when I came here in 2012 from Ethiopia and had to work very hard to learn the English language so I could do well in school.
Which class or extracurricular activity influenced your decision regarding the career you plan to pursue? Before my senior year, I worked hard hoping for a really good cross country season, but I suffered from a lower leg stress fracture late that summer, probably from training too hard. I appreciated my sports trainer helping me to heal correctly and get back to running again. I want to help others reach their athletic goals safely and successfully.
What advice do you have for those just starting their high school career? My advice for upcoming high schoolers is to be involved in as many sports as possible. Sports are very fun and a good way to make friends. You also get to burn off some energy after a long day in school. I would also say to work hard in school.
What are your plans after high school? I am attending Lakeland College to pursue a degree in exercise science or sports therapy.
What would you like to be doing 10 years from now? Ten years from now, I would like to be working in sports therapy or exercise therapy in a school or college setting. I hope to marry and start a family, too.
Teacher recommendation: “Kassahun Lehman has the drive, determination and desire in his running abilities on the track and those same characteristics show in his everyday passion to do the best he can in school and the community. He has shared that motivation with others this past fall in cross country and this spring in track, even by being at a seventh-/eighth-grade track meet in the rain to encourage the younger Valders runners. When you meet and talk to Kassahun Lehman his smile and overall positive attitude are the image you see of a young man who has the courage to step forward and challenge himself. This stellar student has a vision of aiming as high as possible with his goals and dreams striving in every step he takes to accomplish great things.” — Bill Dietrich, Valders High School cross country head coach and Valders Middle School track coach
Source: Herald Times