The architect of his own futureParents expect their children's ambitions and aspirations to change as they grow into young adults. Lake City graduating senior Jacob Schumacher is an exception to the rule.
By: Ginger Holm, The Republican Eagle
LAKE CITY — Parents expect their children's ambitions and aspirations to change as they grow into young adults. Lake City graduating senior Jacob Schumacher is an exception to the rule.
Before Schumacher started kindergarten he was playing architect and asking for Menards gift cards instead of the typical gifts parents buy their children.
"Jacob started building a fort before he started school," said Terri Schumacher, Jacob's mother. "It started with two pallets and just kept growing."
Over the years, Schumacher's childhood fort developed into a clubhouse where he and his friends could hang out in comfort.
"It has air conditioning, microwave, cable TV, a deck and bonfire pit," the Lincoln High School senior said.
Schumacher, who will attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., this fall to pursue a career in architecture, said he has always been interested in the field.
"My dad's a carpenter," he said. "I like really houses. I like drawing and building and being creative. I enjoy it. It's a good fit for me."
Schumacher's father, Denny, takes no credit for his son's achievements. Instead he expresses how much Jacob has helped him.
"I've enjoyed having Jacob work with me," Denny Schumacher said.
"Anytime I need help, he's there for me. It would be difficult to pick up a different high school kid every year - about the time you get them trained, summer is over.
"It's good bonding time for us, too," he added.
Schumacher has taken full advantage of the opportunities available to him at Lincoln High, teacher Jon Schauls said. The teen has a very active in high school extra-curricular activities.
"He played an active leadership role in the first robotics team this year," Schauls said. "With his help, we made it to the semi-finals and received the First Rookie Inspiration Award - the second highest award for a rookie team.
The teen has gone above and beyond every expectation, the teacher added.
"He uses his experiences and ingenuity in everything he does," Schauls said. "He has a bright future ahead."