Some people move away from home after graduation. This was not the case for 2012 Paoli High School graduate Brian Wilson. In high school, Wilson was involved in sports, and some of his best memories were made with his friends on those teams. Wilson regrets not participating in more clubs and organizations in high school, but he has no regrets about his time as a student. All of his experiences, good or bad, helped him become the person he is today. Many lessons learned in high school stick with students throughout their lives.
“I learned countless lessons at PHS, but most of them centered around hard work. Academics and sports taught me that if I wanted to accomplish something, I would have to be willing to put in the time and effort,” said Wilson.
All of Wilson’s teachers had a great impact on his life, but three really stuck out.
“Mr. Lindley sparked my interest in US History. He showed me how important the subject is and how much we can learn from our past. He’s a huge reason I majored in Social Studies at IU. Mrs. Brewster is another teacher who really helped me. Her English classes prepared me for the rigorous writing and reading work I would have in college. She was able to make class fun each day and inspired me to enter the teaching field. Coach Balsmeyer has also had a major impact. Coach has taught me more life lessons than I count, and he’s been a great role model throughout my life. I would not be where I am today without his positive influence,” said Wilson.
There are a few ways the students and school now are different from how it was when Wilson was in school. Today, everyone is a lot more connected, and there are many more academic opportunities available. Students now are getting a feel for what college will be like by using Chromebooks all the time, which wasn’t happening when Wilson was a student at PHS. Also, students have the opportunity to earn college credits, which is a great way to get some college classes out of the way in high school.
Wilson has a mother and father who currently live in Paoli, a brother and sister-in-law who live in Bloomington, and an older sister who lives in Owensboro. Wilson has not started a family of his own yet, but he is currently engaged and getting married the summer of 2018. He also recently purchased his first home in July and has been teaching at Paoli for about a year.
“If you’re willing to fully commit yourself to the goals you set, you can accomplish them. Lean on others when you need support, whether that be a friend, teacher, relative, coach, etc. Don’t forget to enjoy the moment. As a high schooler, there are many milestones ahead of you that you might be looking forward to or things you’re worried about. Try to live in the moment and enjoy each day. You will always have worries in your life, but most of them won’t ever happen. Stay positive,” said Wilson.
Story by Haley Owens