Grad: Sad to part ways

A Wapakoneta High School top student plans to turn her fascination with the sky into a career.

Mallory McDevitt, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, plans to study electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Ind., in the fall.

“I would like to work with airplanes, and the building and designing of them,” McDevitt said. “I have a big fascination with the sky. And with being a pole vaulter, I like the idea of flying.”

The daughter of Jennifer and Steve McDevitt said that she enjoys math and physics, and that helped her narrow down her area of study to engineering.

While in college, McDevitt plans to play soccer and participate in pole vault on the college’s track team.

While in high school, McDevitt was active in soccer, where she earned first team all-WBL her junior year and second team all-WBL her senior year, basketball and track, where she has been to regional competition twice.

She was also involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and was an active member in FFA, where she held vice president and treasurer leadership positions for her chapter.

McDevitt was named National FFA Proficiency Award winner in vegetable production during the FFA National Convention last fall.

McDevitt, who owns and operates her own organic produce business, farms a one-acre plot of land at her parent’s residence and has a clientele of approximately 30 people where she sells her fresh produce to each week. Last summer she donated nearly 1,000 pounds of produce to Mercy Unlimited. She did this through the Feds Feed Families Food Drive, which she spearheaded through the Wapakoneta field office.

McDevitt also was a volunteer for the Earth Team, where she earned Ohio’s Volunteer of the Year in 2011.

When asked what she will miss the most when moving away to college, she said the close-knit community.

“I will miss the town in general,” McDevitt said. “Having people know your name — I love that — and seeing someone down the street know who you are and congratulate you on something. I just like the small town feel.”

In high school, McDevitt’s most memorable moment was when the girls varsity basketball team went to state during her freshman year.    

“I didn’t go with the team for state, but I was in the stands, and the whole atmosphere of the crowd was awesome,” McDevitt said. “Wapak took up over half of the stadium. It showed pride, and I love how involved our town has always been.”

The team took home state runners-up that year.

McDevitt noted she had two inspirational teachers throughout high school — Julie Courter and Lisa Horman.

“Mrs. Courter has always been understanding,” McDevitt said. “She’s been there for all of us. If I ever have a problem, I know I could go to her.”

As for Horman, McDevitt said she made school fun.

“I looked forward to her class,” Horman said. “And although grades are important, she taught us that people mean more. She’s very caring.”

And McDevitt noted on her last day of school, which was Friday, that she is having second thoughts about graduation.

“I thought for sure I was ready to graduate,” McDevitt said. “But today, it’s getting harder. I’m definitely ready for a new experience, but I am sad to see friends and everyone part ways.”