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ST. MARYS — Around Memorial High School, Steven Axe is known for his upbeat attitude and positive outlook.
“I’m considered to be a little outlandish,” the senior told The Evening Leader. “I don’t try to fit in. A lot of people think I’m weird, and it’s true.”
When he’s not in class or joking with his classmates, Axe is involved in golf and FCA. He is also heavily involved in DECA, a club that has brought Axe some of his favorite high school memories.
“I’ve loved everything about DECA,” he said. “In the class, we learn the tools, and in the club, we prepare for competitions.”
DECA competitions can lead to some time traveling, he said.
“We get to travel for regional, state and national competitions,” he said. “I went to state and I didn’t get to move on to nationals, but that’s one of my goals this year.”
Axe noted his time in DECA has brought him closer to a particular Memorial High School teacher.
“Ms. (Heidi) Lisi because we get to do all the traveling and I’ve gotten to know her the best,” he said of his favorite teacher.
The people at St. Marys City Schools have helped make Axe’s school experience positive, he said.
“I really like the people here,” Axe said. “I feel like our administration is awesome, and it’s a really positive atmosphere.”
The people will be what the senior misses most after graduation.
“The people and the friends I’ve known my entire life,” he said of what he will miss, noting he has been attending St. Marys City Schools his entire academic life. “They’re all going to be moving on.”
Outside of school, Axe is involved in Teens for Christ and attends the Wapak Community Ministry Center. He enjoys spending time traveling to other area churches and spreading his positive outlook.
“We sing, we do a really powerful skit and we just love,” he said.
Axe pointed to his positive experiences with his religion as what is directing his career path after graduation in May.
“I’m going to go to Baptist Bible College to pursue a degree in youth ministry,” Axe said. “I’ve seen my life change and I like giving people hope. It’s encouraging.”
For underclassmen at Memorial High School, Axe’s advice is simple.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” he said.
Axe, 18, is the son of Amanda Ruvoldt and Dan Axe. He has one brother, Luke Axe, and one half-brother, Dalton Axe.
— This is part of a senior feature series to appear in The Evening Leader on Saturdays, showcasing members of the 2012-13 St. Marys Memorial High School senior class.