Rider Has Water in His Blood

ST. MARYS — For 17-year-old Kevin Dammeyer, water skiing is in his blood.

During his summers, the son of Carl and Denise Dammeyer competes in water skiing competitions.

“This summer, I did regionals and nationals,” he said. “Regionals was in Minnesota, and nationals was in Florida.”

He noted his parents enjoy water skiing, and he picked up the hobby when he was five.

“My dad and my mom water ski, and I just wanted to do it,” he said.

To get ready for his competitions, Dammeyer said he practices at home.

“We have practice on a lake — there are three events I do, slalom, trick and jump,” he said. “We have a private lake near our house that we use to practice.”

Overall, Dammeyer said he enjoys the sport.

“It’s fun,” he said. “It’s exciting.”

Dammeyer said he has won a few state titles.

“I’ve won second and third at state, but not at regionals or nationals,” he said.

While he is in school, Dammeyer said he participates in soccer and bowling and is a member of National Honor Society and likes the atmosphere of the high school.

“I like the atmosphere of the school,” he said. “It’s relaxed but you still get work done.”

Dammeyer said his favorite class he’s taken is chemistry and noted what he believes sets him apart from other students.

“I’m hardworking, willing to take all the hard classes,” he said.

As for his advice to underclassmen, Dammeyer echoed those skills.

“Work hard,” he said.

While being a St. Marys student, Dammeyer said he has enjoyed being with his friends the most.

“I like just hanging out with all my friends every day,” he said.

Dammeyer named former Memorial High School social studies teacher Brice Brenneman as his favorite teacher during his time at St. Marys.

“Just the way he taught was interesting every day,” he said of Brenneman.

As for what he’s going to miss after graduation, Dammeyer said it would be the athletics. Dammeyer noted he has scored a 300 before in bowling, and a person he admires most is the bowler Chris Barnes.

“He’s a professional bowler,” Dammeyer said. “He bowls similar to the way I do, and he’s just really consistent.”

Dammeyer has an older brother, Kyle, who is in college and a sister, Kristen who is a junior at St. Marys. After graduation, Dammeyer said he wants to attend either The Ohio State University or the University of Cincinnati, majoring in mechanical engineering.

— This is the first 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.