Soccer sparks interest of student

Dressed as the late magician Harry Houdini, Kaleb Benny would rather slip the handcuffs of school work to be on a lined soccer field.

Benny, a sixth-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School, said he was no longer nervous about giving his presentation after having given his speech to two judges Friday during the annual Biography Fair.

While he likes schools, the 11-year-old son of Wendy and Steve Benny is quick to point out he would rather have given his presentation on a soccer player or be playing on the soccer field.

“When I get older I really want to be a professional soccer player,” Kaleb said. “I like to play sports, but I really like to play soccer which I play in the spring and the fall.”

He said he also really likes his current coach, Les Bowersock, because he pushes “us to get better and give it all we got.”

While he still has a couple of years to go before he plays high school sports, he said he hopes to one day play with his brother.

“I will either play up and be on my brother’s team or I will play JV (junior varsity) soccer when I am freshman,” Kaleb said, referring to his brother, Cody, who is a freshman this year.

He also has a sister, Ashley, who is married.

His cousins are near his and his brother’s age. His cousin, Nolan, is a seventh-grader, and Nolan’s brother, Alec, is a freshman, same as his brother.

He also likes to play basketball and bowling.

In the classroom, Kaleb prefers mathematics over his other studies. His favorite teacher follows the subject matter — math teacher Kenny Wayman  because “he is really fun and he is not so strict.”

“I just think it is more fun than all the other subjects,” Kaleb told the Wapakoneta Daily News.

While he has time before he has to make a decision, Kaleb has a preference for Ohio Northern University where he would play soccer for the Polar Bears. A part of his decision is based on research.

“In the fourth grade we did this project and we had to research colleges and where they were at — I just think it would be a really interesting college,” Kaleb said. “A lot of my are thinking about going there, too.”

In the end, he looks up to his mother and father and admires his brother and appreciates what they do for him.

“They all help me out a lot,” Kaleb said. “They do a lot for me so I can do the things I like to do.”