Senior Parker Bont approaches everything he does with dedication and hard work.
Bont said his favorite part of high school was, “Getting involved with extracurriculars and getting to meet people of totally different backgrounds that I never would have known without the extracurricular opportunities.”
A member of DECA, athletic training club, National Honor Society, Students as Allies, rock climbing and leader of the cross country and track teams, Bont is incredibly involved in his school and community.
Within DECA, Bont was chosen to be a co-chair of the annual Jim Schoemehl Run by marketing teacher Kara Siebe. Bont was chosen because of his ability to motivate others and leadership qualities.
“Parker is a great leader because he is able to relate to everyone. He is very patient and is able to get people to work for him. Parker is also always willing to put in the extra time and energy to make sure the job is done right,” Siebe said.
Cross country and track coach Jon Petter also sees Parker’s dedication and leadership everyday at practice.
“[Parker] is always finding ways to motivate guys and show them what they need to do. He is reliable and driven within himself and he shares that with everyone he interacts with,” Petter said.
Petter said Bont has grown more confident in who he is and what he wants since his freshman year.
“As a freshmen, [Parker] was highly impressionable and more or less feeling in the shadow of his brother, but he has now built his own identity and has solidified much of who he is and who he wants to be,” Petter said.
“He knows often what he wants and goes after it. I am so impressed with how much he goal sets and then works in reality to get those dreams and goals,” Petter said.
Petter said, “Parker will succeed in anything he does. He wants to go into marketing and leadership and will succeed there no problem because he really wants it and [is able] to get people to see [new perspectives] and is always willing to share and discuss.”
Bont will attend Xavier University next fall and study marketing.
This will be Evelyn Trampe’s second year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year. She is also a member of Quill and Scroll.