Thursday, October 23, 2014

Elite Citizen Scholar: Shelton Breithaupt

5/16/2014

It was a “Night of Need” and Shelton Breithaupt needed to help.

The Night of Need event was organized by the Mentors Program at Wellsville High School, which collected money throughout the community to give back to those in need.

It was a “Night of Need” and Shelton Breithaupt needed to help.

The Night of Need event was organized by the Mentors Program at Wellsville High School, which collected money throughout the community to give back to those in need.

In November, the program selected a night for participating students to sleep outside with limited supplies. It was an experience the Wellsville senior won’t soon forget, he said.

“To me this was a very humbling and life-changing experience,” Breithaupt, 18, rural Wellsville, said. “Being able to help families in our community is very important to me. This has shown me how fortunate I am, and to not take advantage of anything.”

Breithaupt, the son of Sean and Lesley Breithaupt, has been active in an array of organizations and athletics throughout his high school career. He has been involved in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well baseball and basketball all four years at WHS. He has also been involved in National Honor Society and football for three years, Mentors Program for two years and cross country for one year. Breithaupt also served as a class officer for three years and was elected class vice president for his sophomore and junior years and class secretary his senior year. He was also elected vice president of National Honor Society.

The Wellsville senior also has received several accolades for his work. He was awarded the Anatomy Student of the Year in 2013 and was voted second team all-league in baseball the same year. He also was nominated for the Citizenship Award his junior year and helped collect food items for the Wellsville Food Pantry through both Awana and FBLA for four years.

Breithaupt’s work was not confined to the classroom. Outside of school, he is an active member and usher at the Wellsville Baptist Church, 217 Main St., Wellsville.

“I participated in a mission trip to Atlanta to volunteer help to the Salvation Army,” he said. “I was part of the Awana group that raises money for the Angel Tree program in Wellsville. I helped raise money for the Angel Tree for three years to provide gifts to less fortunate families.”

Aside from school and volunteer activities, Breithaupt also puts up hay in the summer months, works for Old School mowing business and has worked as a basketball referee for the Wellsville Joint Recreation Commission.

Being an active citizen is important to Breithaupt because it is what brings a community closer together, he said.

“When people combine their efforts, it gives a sense of accomplishment, which can cause people to thrive to do more,” he said. “Being an active citizen helps to better the community and also the people within the community.”

Breithaupt plans to take his active mentality to Emporia State University this fall where he’ll major in biology, he said.

“My goals are to get my bachelor of science in biology at ESU and will then apply to attend KU’s medical program with intentions of becoming a general surgeon,” Breithaupt said.

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