Comradery important to NBHS senior

Staff Writer

Getting a head start on the future is what one New Bremen High School senior is focusing on right now. With only a few months left in school year, Ben Kuck is getting a head start on life after education. Over the holiday break Kuck began an internship with Thieman Quality Metals in New Bremen, spending some hours on the weekend getting some lower level experience in a field he is hoping to make a career in.

Tinkering with objects has been an interest for Kuck since he was a kid, starting first with LEGO sets he had growing up. He attributes a lot of this hobby to his older brothers who also built objects out of LEGOs.

His fondness of tinkering has lead him to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at either the University of Dayton or Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. Kuck managed to work in the internship with Thiemans despite keeping a very packed schedule with sports, clubs and time spent with his church’s youth group. With NBHS alone he is a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams, president of FFA, National Honors Society and the senior class, vice president of the science club and a member of the Student District Leadership Team. But with all the many groups he’s a member of, he said being on the football team is his favorite.

He started playing when he was in seventh grade and despite not having a long history with the sport, the comradery he has built with his teammates is something he is the most proud of. Something he says paid off this football season when the team went 6-4 overall and 4-4 in the MAC, the first winning season since 2004.

Something else that made this year’s football season special for Kuck was that on top of their wins, this group of seniors is the first group to spend all four years under head Coach Chris Schmidt. Although he keeps a busy schedule, holding himself to a high standard is something he said sets him apart from other students. His parents — Bob and Cheryl Kuck — have always pushed him, but so did his brothers.

While comradery with his team is something Kuck holds close as he nears his graduation, but he also appreciates the comradery he has with the rest of his school and with the community of New Bremen. 

For the full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Evening Leader.