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Jared Callahan (left) wrestles Linden’s Ethan Soff at a January match.

Jared Callahan, 18, appreciates his parents and the adult role models in his life. While he enjoys Holly High School, he’s looking forward to life beyond school. While he values school, he wishes more practical adult life skills were taught, such as paying bills, appropriately using loans, doing taxes and interpreting credit scores.

What is the best thing about your parents?

 My mom and dad have always been there for me. They are my number-one supporters and my number-one fans. They have raised me to who I am today and I couldn’t thank them enough for always helping me. I love them so much.

What are you most excited about in the morning when you wake up?

 When I wake up, I get excited to start my day to see my friends and family, but since I am a senior now, I am getting more and more excited to graduate and continue my life out of high school.

Do you think it’s harder to be a teen today than it used to be?

 I do think it is harder being a teen in today’s era than back when my parents were teenagers in school. With everything that is going on right now, there are so many styles and so many different kinds of people, it is hard to find that group of friends who will accept you for who you are, not what you have or who you know.

What do you love best about nature?

 I love nature. I feel like I can do so much more outside. I can hunt and fish. I love being able to walk around in the woods to explore cool, exotic creatures that you don’t see every day.

What living person, other than a family member, do you most admire?

 I admire my wrestling coach, Don Pluta. He has showed me why wrestling is the best, not just for your strength, but for mentality, drive, passion and love for everything you do. He has been the person who has always made me want to compete and continue wrestling.

What profession do you think will be the most popular when you graduate?

 By the time I graduate, I know that the trades are going to be open and they will be needing young kids to be apprentices for their company so they can have more employees. Luckily, for high schoolers, there are plenty of apprenticeships open.

What do you wish your school would teach that is not currently being taught?

 I would love for our high school to be teaching us about credit scores, how to take care of taxes, how to and when to use a loan, how to pay bills and what bills should be paid. Things like these that are used in your everyday adult life.

If you could time travel, where would you go?

 I would want to travel back in time, because I can make up the bad days to make them good ones, which would hopefully make myself happier everyday in the future.

Do you want to stay in Michigan? If not where would you like to live?

 I do want to stay in Michigan, even though we do have crappy weather, we have beautiful summers and falls and fun activities that we can do during those times.

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