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Wapakoneta High School senior Joseph Jose says he is very appreciative about moving to a small town at a very young age.
“I was very fortunate to be able to know a small town where I could have a relationship with everyone,” Jose said
Jose was born in Boston and lived in New York a short time before his family packed up and moved to Youngstown when his father, Mathew, went there for his residency for medical school. The Joses’ then moved to Wapakoneta just in time for Joseph to begin and finish his schooling in Wapakoneta.
Despite all of the offerings Wapakoneta had to offer, it was a non-academic factor that Joseph said perhaps was what prepared him most for college at Wapakoneta.
“I think the biggest thing that prepared me for college was I was taught to have an open mind,” Jose said. “Whenever I see an issue, I have an open mind to solve it. Wapakoneta gave me that open mind.”
Jose finished first in his class, finishing with a 3.997 grade point average. He did it while keeping a tight schedule of activities in his free time.
Jose was a member of the Wapakoneta Academic Team. As an athlete, he was a three-time letter winner in soccer and was a four-time letter winner in soccer. Clubs included the Octagon Club, in which he served as president, Chess Club, French Club, National Honor Society and Teen Green.
He was a cabin leader with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, sang with the Lima Symphony Chorus, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Friends for Rachel.
He is a member of the bell choir at St. Joseph Church and served as a lector. He also played piano for 12 years and saxophone for six years.
Now that he has finished high school, Jose plans to follow in his father’s footsteps by going to the University of Akron Medical School, where he has already been accepted after he tipped the scale with a 34 on his ACT. He is wasting no time, as he begins college June 4, only one week after graduating from high school. He will be part of an accelerated six-year program.
“I know its cliché, but I am going to follow in his footsteps,” Jose said. “After getting to see him my whole life, it is what I wanted to do. It’s right around the corner and I am ready to get started. I just need to get through the first two years, that’s when it is tough.”
Jose was able to get a head start on college while in high school, as he estimated he was able to obtain approximately 14 credit hours of classes he can apply to his college schedule.
Despite having many talented scholars in his immediate and extended family, Jose was able to claim to be the first in one area.
“I was the first one to finish first in my class,” Jose said.