Future first citizens: Heuberger, Phelps honored by Stayton Rotary

February, 2018 Posted in Community

Wyatt IMG_6412(1) Phelps IMG_0425By Mary Owen

Stayton Rotary Club honored Wyatt Heuberger of Regis High School, and Bradley Phelps of Stayton High School, as the area’s 2017 Future First Citizens.

“Stayton Area Rotary is excited and proud for this opportunity to honor Wyatt and Brad as Future First Citizens,” said Karen Andall, Rotary spokesperson. “Rotary values the objectives of service, high ethical standards, personal commitment to serve our community and fellowship. It is clear in knowing the accomplishments and attributes of these young men that they have pursued and demonstrated these values. We congratulate them and wish the best in what are certain for both to be successful and rich futures as they move forward in their lives.”

The two were presented with the honors at the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce Community Awards luncheon Feb. 22.

Wyatt Heuberger is grateful for receiving this high honor, he said.

“However, browsing through the prior recipients of this award and looking at their exemplary track records makes me feel unequal to such a recognition,” he said.

Heuberger is secretary on the executive branch of student government, a member of the National Honors Society, and a senior leader for the junior encounter.

“I played football my first three years of high school, then dropped it this year to simultaneously participate in my first year of cross country and my first fall theater play,” he said. “I made it to state in cross country, and was the first from Regis to do so in seven years, and landed the lead role in the fall play.”

Heuberger also participated in track and field and the spring musical all four years of high school.

“The musicals have been the highlight of my high school experience, because of the unique camaraderie that blossoms between the people in it, and the applicable life skills that acting has taught me,” said the student who gets all A’s. “Learning comes relatively easy to me. My family and I regularly volunteer at the church serving coffee and donuts after mass, and I try to volunteer when I can at school community events.”

Heuberger credits Regis for instilling in him “inveterate Catholic morals and a conscientious code of conduct.

“I feel confident in being able to maintain the set of beliefs and principles that I’ve nurtured within this private high school, but on the same side of the coin I’m worried that I’m unexposed to the diverse world outside of this bubble of secluded culture. In a broad sense, I think I’m well prepared for the future.”

Heuberger hopes to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, possibly at Oregon State University.

Heuberger loves the outdoors and participates in a multitude of outdoor activities including recreational skiing and mountain biking, ordinary street biking, nature runs, hiking, disc golf, camping, swimming, and hunting.

“During the summer I work on a farm, usually as a combine operator, but also as a general laborer,” he said. “In my free time if I’m not outside, I’m either reading or hanging with friends. I pride myself on being a well-rounded person with a diverse set of skills and perspectives. Math and science are my forte subjects.”

To Phelps, receiving Rotary’s Future First Citizen award means that all of his community work has not gone unnoticed.

“It is an honor to be recognized,” he said. “It means a lot to know that the town I grew up in believes that I will go on to do bigger and better things. “

Through high school, Phelps maintained a cumulative 4.0 grade point average and has taken almost every advanced class offered.

“I work at Giovanni’s Mountain Pizza as a part-time supervisor on the weekends,” he said. “I went to Mari-Linn in Lyons for elementary and middle school. I love to read, enjoy playing golf when I can afford it, and white water rafting is my all-time favorite thing to do in the summer.”

Phelps is currently the SHS student body president and a host for all-schoolwide assemblies. Vice president of the National Honors Society, he founded a tutoring club at SHS. His extracurricular activities include being a student representative to the North Santiam School District’s School board. He is an Eagle Scout and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster to Stayton Troop 50. He is also involved in the Oregon Capital Ambassadors Program, which sends students from across the state to Salem to discuss education policy with legislative representatives.

“Stayton High has given me the unique opportunity of staying in my small town community, but still being able to challenge myself,” Phelps said. “It seems like every year some new advanced class or college credit opportunity is being added, and it is just awesome that our principal, Mr. Kirby, continues to push our school forward.

“Stayton has shown me what to expect in college through teachers that really care, as well as material and curriculum that is rigorous and allows me to push myself and set my own standards of excellence,” he added.

Phelps plans to attend college to pursue a dual major in philosophy and economics, subjects he said he finds “fascinating.” He plans to then work toward a master’s degree in business administration and possible a Juris Doctor degree.

“Following my education, I would like to enter the business world, potentially as an entrepreneur, but if not, I would like to work on business strategy and planning, maybe in an operations department of a large firm.”

Phelps appreciates all the opportunities the Stayton area has provided.

“I am beyond proud to call it my home,” he said. “Thanks to everyone who has helped my throughout my years of involvement in the community.”

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