Camdenton senior Ethan McDaniel has been on a mission to help others.

Camdenton senior Ethan McDaniel has been on a mission to help others. 

McDaniel has served as an A+ Tutor for a variety of different grade levels since his freshman year, he gained his Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) certification through Lake Career and Technical Center (LCTC) and is actively working as a CNA today. His future plans include studying medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

And there is more to his story when it comes to the time and effort the senior has put in the past four years as McDaniel has consistently found ways to keep himself busy in addition to the time spent serving others.

McDaniel served as the President for the local chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and had the privilege of being a 2019 HOSA International Leadership Conference finalist in Orlando, Fla., this past summer. He also served as the Vice President of Student Council and is the outgoing historian for National Honor Society.

He still found some time to have some fun, too. 

McDaniel played football for the Lakers from seventh grade through sophomore year and found a passion with soccer the past two years. He could also be found on the tennis courts every spring throughout his high school career. 

The senior said he will miss those early mornings on the tennis courts during the summer and it has been difficult to not have the opportunity to be with friends and teammates during the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken away his final tennis season this spring.

But the COVID-19 pandemic cannot take away the great memories he already has from his time at Camdenton from “Zero the Hero”, to homecoming parades, Dogwood carnivals, the freshman mock schedule, Friday night football games at Bob Shore Stadium or the graduations of classes before him. Nor can it take away what tennis gave him, which McDaniel noted as learning to play a lifetime sport and the camaraderie he enjoyed between players and teams.

It is all those things McDaniel can take with him as he pursues his next chapter. 

Q: Was there anything you were looking forward to, especially this spring, as you started to get ready for your final high school season? 

A: This spring season I was hoping to spend my last time on the courts. I was hoping to be able to see my teammates and friends from other teams, battling it out for the opportunity of winning.

Q: Is there anything you love about tennis or anything this pandemic made you realize and what were your thoughts when you found out the season would be significantly delayed and eventually cancelled? 

A: What is there not to love about tennis? I love how people of all ages can play, I love when I get out of school and get to the courts to see Coach (Ted) Houx ready to play! I realized through this COVID-19 pandemic that it truly is the little things that matter the most, whether that be playing a set with a teammate or a bus trip to a match. 

Q: What has the quarantine been like and were there any steps you took to stay sharp incase there was an opportunity to compete in the future? What was it like to represent Camdenton, now looking back? 

A: I try spending my time by staying active- I run almost every day, I try to get to the courts when I can and I work. As far as getting a chance to represent Camdenton one more time, I gladly would have taken that opportunity. Every day I wake up I think about being able to play one more time. 

Q: Anything you would like your teammates and coaches to know?

A: I would like to say to my coaches and teammates, you can find me at the courts.