If there were a commercial made about the most interesting man at Shawnee Mission North, Harrison Boldt would be that man.
The senior does it all. He’s the student body president. He’s a Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) national champion. He plays in the school band. He’s a member of the National Honor Society. He competes in DECA. He’s a track and field state champion. He’s the cross country manager. He’s a swimmer.
He’s a Renaissance Man.
“This school, the teachers and the facility have really invested in me so it’s my way of giving back to the community, but also, there’s a bunch of opportunities and some kids may not take those opportunities, but they’re there and I’m a go-getter,” Boldt said. “I’m going to go out and take advantage of the blessings the school has given me.”
School: Shawnee Mission North
Career Path: Mechanical Engineering and Naval Officer
Accomplishments: Team captain, track state champion[/pullquote]
All of Boldt’s hard work has paid off as he’s earned an ROTC scholarship to the University of Kansas, but he’s pursuing enrollment in the US Naval Academy.
Boldt said the ROTC program at SM North is a great working environment because it’s cause and effect learning.
“If you work hard then you’ll have a positive result,” Boldt said. “You have kids come in every single morning before teachers do, before other kids do, sometimes before administrators do and they work their butts off every single day. I try to be a part of that community.”
This is his second year in the program and has decided he will major in mechanical engineering and then will become a naval officer.
He has big plans for the spring of 2017. He wants to back-to-back as NJROTC national champs. He wants to make it to state for swimming and then do well as a team and individually in track.
“My all-time highlight, so far, and I’m hoping to beat it this year is state last season in track and field,” Boldt said. “The accumulation of everyone coming and working together and watching that last 4×400, knowing that I done everything I could, giving it all for my team and watching my teammates give it all. When (Noah) Stevenson went on that last back straightaway, all that hard work paid off.”