BW’s Moran is a natural-born leader
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Connor Moran, a senior at Big Walnut High School, is the quintessential high school student. He not only takes a variety of courses where he does well, including a post-secondary class at Columbus State Community College, but he also is a leader in numerous school organizations.
Living in the Big Walnut district his entire life, Connor likes senior year “a lot” so far.
“Everything is getting more serious. I have to focus,” he said. “I’m excited for something new and ready to start on my own.”
This means achieving his degree, moving on to earning a doctorate and then starting his own business. He is not certain if he will remain in the area due to the nature of the business he hopes to enter.
“Ideally, I would like to travel,” Connor said.
He is applying to the University of Kentucky, Ohio State University, Ohio Northern University and Case Western Reserve. He hopes eventually to achieve a doctorate. His interests lean toward physical therapy and psychology.
He said there is a real need for a doctorate for going into physical therapy.
“There will be more opportunities,” he said. Yet he has no problem going to school the extra years. “I like school. I like learning a lot.”
At first, Connor was considering Ohio Northern, but more recently became interested in Case Western. He is looking for the best school for his program.
“Plus affordability. That’s a big thing,” he said, adding that he has two sisters also in college.
Connor’s interest in physical therapy is more recent, while he has thought about psychology for a year or two. He has both an uncle and cousin with psychology backgrounds, is taking a course in psychology at Columbus State and enjoys watching psychology shows on television.
The course he is taking at Columbus State is one of a series which he hopes to continue throughout the year.
Katherine Dawson, math teacher at Big Walnut, said, “Connor is an excellent student and an outstanding young man.”
She said Connor “takes his academics seriously,” referring to post-secondary coursework in addition to taking Advanced Placement Calculus at Big Walnut. Dawson has had Connor in class for two years and said she appreciates Connor’s work ethic and willingness to participate in class.
“I have no doubt Connor will be a huge success — here at Big Walnut, through his college years, and as a productive citizen,” she said.
Connor’s interest in physical therapy can be traced to his participation in different sports. He has been in track both in middle and high schools and has also done rowing.
“I’ve always had a big interest in running. Pushing my limits. Seeing the best way to do it,” he said. Smiling, he added sometimes his body says no to what he asks of it.
In track, he likes to run the 2-mile, seeing how long he can stay in for himself. Connor has already run one half marathon and is in training to do another in November.
“I compete against myself,” he said.
His rowing team placed 10th at nationals. Rowing, Connor said, is more of a team sport. If one member does poorly, it transfers to the entire team.
He recently gave up rowing — which he previously did six days a week, year round for the past year and a half — to focus more on his college applications this year.
Connor is also very active in school activities. He said he was talked into student council his sophomore year, and has liked it ever since.
At the time, he and a friend found they were not satisfied with what was being accomplished. So they jumped in to change things.
“I like the community involvement,” he said.
With lots of demands on his time as either president or vice president of various organizations, he still jumps right in when anything new comes up. Currently, Connor is working on National Honor Society inductions, graduation and several blood drives for the Red Cross.
Angie Stooksbury, English teacher and student council advisor, said “Connor is a wonderful young man and a great student. He has been in student council for the past four years and has done a remarkable job. He is currently the treasurer and our school board liaison. I can trust him to get things done and done well. Connor goes above and beyond in everything he does, and he truly deserves this recognition.”
With everything in his schedule, Connor still finds time for work at a local golf course. In some ways he said he looks forward to the course closing for the winter so that he can focus more on applying for scholarships.
With what little spare time he has, Connor enjoys playing guitar and running.
“With crew, you need a body of water, a boat. Running I can do wherever. It’s something I can do the rest of my life,” he said.
Connor is the son of Kevin and Lisa Moran of Sunbury.