Wapak High School senior spends summer at pool

One local student is enjoying his summer poolside — and is not ready for the season to end.

Wapakoneta High School senior Brad Severt, who has spent his summer lifeguarding at the Wapakoneta WaterPark, said he is going to miss it this fall when he goes back to school.

“It just looked like fun,” Severt said of why he decided to lifeguard. “I live just across the street and I have friends that do it.”

So Severt began his training earlier this year, and enjoys seeing the people everyday.

“I enjoy seeing my co-workers every day, they are a lot of fun,” Severt said. “I am definitely going to miss it.”

Severt said he prefers summer over any other season, but he will soon be saying good-bye to the Wapakoneta WaterPark, as the last day is Aug. 26 before it closes for the season.

“I have enjoyed working here,” Severt said. “I used to work at Community Markets in the summer, but I always thought about working here, and I finally took the class.”

As soon as Severt got certified to work at the pool, he has been helping out with weekly themes and games, including “Crazy Hat Day,” which was held last Wednesday at the pool, and helped with contests including a diving competition and a hula hoop contest.

Severt plans to come back to the pool next summer, but in the meantime, he will work as a bag boy at Community Markets during the off-season.

The 18-year-old plans to attend The Ohio State University to study athletic therapy.

“I like watching sports,” Severt said. “I used to play a lot of sports.”

Severt used to participate in sports during his early high school career, but now he is in the marching band and participates with the Drumline at Wapakoneta High School.

The snare drummer will be playing at high school football games, which will begin this Friday at Bellefontaine.

He said he decided to join Drumline simply because it looked like fun.

Severt also is a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as the junior class vice president.

But Severt has not always been a Redskins, as his family moved here from North Canton, which is near Akron, when he was in the seventh grade.

“I like it better here,” Severt said. “All of my family lives here.”

Severt, who is the son of Lyn and Tim, has one younger brother, Luke, 14.