MONTPELIER — Not many students around Williams County have as much passion or stay as involved in their school and community as recent Montpelier graduate Jaret Dye.
In school, Dye was a member of the Montpelier football and track teams, in addition to student council and the National Honor Society. Meanwhile, in the community, Dye has been a long time member of 4-H, became an Eagle Scout last fall and likes to do volunteer work at Montpelier’s annual Bean Days Festival. He’s also a main stay in the Montpelier student section to cheer on his classmates at any and all Locomotive sporting events.
Somewhere in his busy schedule, Dye found a way to graduate with a 4.0 GPA, too.
“I like to stay active, I suppose,” he said.
Dye said it almost doesn’t feel real that he’s graduated, especially because of the strange ending to his high school career. His last day of school was in mid-March due to the global coronavirus outbreak, so he said it’s been a weird few months.
“I didn’t have all those ‘lasts,’” he said. “Like the last test, or the last day of school or last exam — all those things. So those weren’t there, so it just abruptly feels like I’m going to college.”
In terms of the spring sports season, Dye was bummed he missed out on his senior track campaign. He had a successful junior year in the discus and shot put, and after putting in work during the offseason, he felt he was poised to perhaps challenge for the Buckeye Border Conference title in the discus, with a berth to regionals on the line as well.
Despite the sour ending, Dye says he’s extremely grateful for the time that he did have.
“I definitely have a pride for Montpelier,” Dye said. “After school I plan on, when I’m home from college, dropping by a few sporting events. ... Montpelier will always have a special place in my heart. Wherever life takes me, I’m always going to remember Montpelier, even if I don’t end up staying around here.”
Dye plans on attending the University of Findlay in the fall to study biology. He’s not sure where that degree will take him at this point, but he says he’s thought about the idea of either attending medical school or graduate school for mortuary science.