Success in the crosshairs for athletic senior
Editors note: This is the first in a series of periodic stories about select seniors at Summit High School their dreams, their fears, their experiences and their outlooks as they work toward graduation and prepare for the future. Watch for other installments throughout the school year.BRECKENRIDGE David Leopold would like to lead his baseball team to a winning record or perhaps kill a deer before he graduates from Summit High School next spring. Just the feeling that youve accomplished something, the senior said of his aims.Leopold, 17, was born in Maryland and moved to Summit County seven years ago. Hes enjoyed school, but already looks forward to the next step. Im ready to fly the coop. (Its) definitely all about the college experience, the Breckenridge resident said. Leopold plans to attend St. Cloud Technical College in St. Cloud, Minn., next year, hoping to join the baseball team as a walk-on. A baseball and basketball player at SHS, he aspires to be captain of both these teams before completing his high-school career. Once hes proven himself as an athlete at St. Cloud, Leopold said he may pursue a scholarship to a four-year school. Hes considering Minnesota State University in Moorehead, Minn. Outside the controlled world of the sports field, Leopold enjoys stalking game in negative 10- degree weather. Hes been a hunter for about five years and said he can hit a tennis ball from about 120 yards with his rifle. He also hunts with a bow.His other interests include fishing, swimming, hanging out with friends and anything a normal kid would do a normal teenager. Growing up in a resort area has given Leopold the opportunity to meet many people, but it hasnt been especially conducive to cultivating romance.A relationship lasts, like, a week, he said. And despite access to a ski pass through his family, Leopold hasnt spent a great amount of time on the slopes: He doesnt want to get injured and jeopardize his time on the court or field. Hes had a fair share of summer jobs, with one that included taking down beetle-killed pines with a chainsaw. This brought in a few hundred bucks for each day of work.Id make more than some kids do in like a week, Leopold said.In late winter, he had a gig transporting a visiting ski team by snowmobile to some backcountry terrain. Ultimately, Leopold sees himself earning a bachelors of science degree in construction management.I like working with my hands, he said.He enjoyed taking construction technology classes last year at the high school, and used the opportunity to build himself a home entertainment center. Leopold said the instructor moved to Casper, Wyo., after he was laid off because of budget cuts.Regarding his career future, Leopold said hes made a few construction-industry connections in the county, but he isnt certain hell return. Hes considered Arizona, among other destinations, because its warm.Meanwhile, theres a true sense of honor on the baseball and basketball teams between the seniors and underclassmen, he said, and he wants to make the most of his contribution to the Tiger teams.
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