CANNON FALLS — As the final weeks of classes wind down for senior Jake Langevin, he walks through the halls of Cannon Falls High School with a little different perspective.
“I think now, at the end of the year, I realized, you know, when the teachers are real hard on you they’re not doing it because they’re doing it to be mean,” Langevin said. “They’re doing it for your own benefit.”
Langevin said even though he didn’t necessarily enjoy getting pushed by teachers along the way he is appreciative because he knows how beneficial it will be as he continues his education.
While Langevin recognizes the benefits of some nudging here and there, he’s never lacked motivation.
He plays football, which he will continue to do at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he said he plans to study pre-med or athletic training.
Langevin also played baseball through his junior year, was a manager for the basketball team the last two seasons, plays trumpet in the school band, is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and has a part-time job at McDonald’s in Red Wing.
“I’m always doing something,” he said, adding he likes to stay busy because it helps him stay focused and be productive with his time.
Langevin was one of eight co-captains on the football team. He said they are all good friends and hang out during the offseason. He admitted it’s going to be hard leaving those friends when the time comes.
“We’ve all got a great group of guys that are all deserving and I was lucky enough to be one of them,” he said.
Being a leader came naturally to Langevin, who said he leads by example more so than vocally. He learned that from his dad, Jim, who was born without a right fibula.
“It’s just engrained in my mind just to work harder than everybody else like (my dad) had to,” Langevin said. “I just do it. I don’t think about it, I just work my butt off.”
Langevin’s work ethic and attitude are not lost on those around him.
“He’s always working to make sure he learns as much as he can,” said Tyler Quinlan, Langevin’s calculus teacher. “He’s one of those kids that’s not afraid to make mistakes.”
Mary Huseth, who teaches anatomy to juniors and seniors, said Langevin digs right in to his work, never complains and shows up with a good attitude and a smile on his face.
“He’s definitely a model student,” she said.
Principal Tim Hodges said Langevin is the type of student they’d love to keep around.
Langevin said he’s starting to recognize all the things he’s doing for the last time as student in Cannon Falls.
The Langevin family, which also includes his mother, Pam, and Grant, his brother who is a sophomore this year, moved to Cannon Falls when Langevin was in fourth grade. His favorite part of growing up in Cannon Falls was the people.
“Everyone is so friendly,” he said. “I really like the small-town atmosphere.”
It’s kind of sad, Langevin said of thinking about leaving, but at the same time he’s excited for what lies ahead.
Class of 2014
Who: The Bombers
When: 7 p.m. Friday May 30
Where: Cannon Falls High School Fieldhouse