An orthopedic doctor informed Tyler that he would not be able to pitch baseball his senior year of high school, but the scholar athlete questioned the man. Why, Tyler wanted to know, should he not? This would be his last year being able to play his favorite sport with some of his best friends in the Yard.
The doctor agreed. The issue was chronic. All he could do was hurt it worse, and the QHS Salutatorian wasn’t going to be able to play college baseball with the injury at it’s minimum.
“Baseball taught me to not give up when things are tough. The doctor didn’t think I could play. I defied the odds.”
“I am going to miss my friends and baseball, my daddy’s cooking, and family. I’ve been playing baseball for 14 years, started at school in the 8th grade. I’m gonna miss it. At the beginning of the year I was ready to get this over with. I’ll be heading to State in late July.”
The Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering is housed in a state-of-the-art building which opened in the fall of 2000. The Swalm building boasts modern, fully equipped research laboratories, state-of-the-art classrooms with wireless internet access, multiple small conference rooms, and a large lecture hall for classes and guest lectures. The Petroleum Engineering bachelor’s degree program was re-started within the School in the fall 2015 semester, after almost 25 years’ absence. The excitement with the revival of this program has been palpable—with steady growth in enrollment, accompanied by growth in alumni involvement and industry interest for our students through summer internships and full-time employment.
“First it’s about the money. My daddy worked offshore his whole life. I know a little bit about it. It’s the better job, better than going offshore and doing manual work. I know they’re going to be tough, but I do well in science based classes. That’s really what I’m best at. In Career Cruising, out of the Top 10 jobs, 6 or 7 of mine were engineering based jobs.”
Freshman Academic Scholarship – $3,000 per year
Colvard Future Leader Scholars – $1,500 per year
Old Main Scholarship – $500 per year
Salutatorian Scholarship – $1,000 annually
BankPlus Scholarship – $250 – Highest Average – General Biology
With strong family support within a two-hour drive and phones at the ready, the QHS Beta Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and FCA member is confident in his abilities, but he does admit,
“I have to give a speech at graduation. I have notes in my head, but I haven’t written them down. Sometimes I wake up with an idea like last night, but I have already forgotten it. I am nervous. I wish I would’ve taken debate or a class to help me with public speaking. In baseball, you suck it up. Every time I’m doing bad on a certain batter, I take time and take a deep breath.”
For those looking for more advice on how to handle school and life, Tyler is concise.
“Enjoy it while you can.”