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ST. MARYS — For St Marys senior Tyler Rose, graduating from high school will be a bittersweet event.
Rose, who has been involved in sports and clubs at St. Marys Memorial High School, will miss having “the best of both worlds,” he noted.
“(You get) that small town feel, and also at sporting events the whole town comes to support you,” Rose said.
Rose plays baseball and football for the school, and is a first and third baseman and a tight end, respectively.
“My number is 14 (for baseball), but that’s just because Pete Rose is No. 14,” Rose said. “That’s what I’ve always had.”
In December, he will travel to New York with the business marketing class, DECA, of which he is an officer.
“We’re going to go to different workshops and conventions, and also see a broadway play,” Rose said. This will be his first trip to the Big Apple. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Outside the school’s four walls, Rose is active in the Zion Lutheran Youth Group, works for Guarnieri Pizzeria and is an Eagle Scout. In order to be an Eagle Scout, a Scout must complete a project for which the hours completed total 100.
“I helped out my church — I redid a room in there — a storage room,” Rose said. “(I) just built shelves and stuff for them.”
Rose also has started planning for his future. College is the next stop on Rose’s agenda, although he has not ruled out enlistment in the military.
“I really want to go to UC for criminal justice,” Rose said. “I’ve applied, but they haven’t gotten back to me yet. I want to maybe be a parole officer or a cop or a detective or something.”
Rose is excited about the college experience, but will miss the lighter load of responsibility he enjoyed as a high school student.
“Once you go to college, there’s so much more (to worry about),” he said.
— This is part of a senior feature series to appear in The Evening Leader, showcasing members of the 2012-13 St. Marys Memorial High School senior class.