POW: Luke Drumright

KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (11/16/16) - Passionate, hard working and kind-hearted.

That's how fellow students and staff describe a Saginaw Valley State University teen who is making the most of his college experience.

Luke Drumright will never earn a degree from SVSU.

The Midland teen is there to take a few classes to meet his next goal.

As a young man with Down syndrome, his dedication and drive is inspiring others around him.

"He's so passionate about absolutely everything he does. His joy for people is inspiring. He's so considerate, loving, caring. It's a pleasure to work with him every day," said Nick Berens, Drumright's mentor and friend.

Berens is helping him reach his next goal.

"I'm going to open a business called 'Luke's Lessons'. So I want kids not to be afraid, so I'm going to come up with games, so they won't be afraid," Drumright said.

Drumright is working toward becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor, and SVSU is part of the plan.

"We're here to support him. We're trying to provide him with the best college experience we can and for him, on his terms," said J.J. Boehm, spokesman for SVSU.

His college experience doesn't end at the pool.

Drumright also takes a speech class and is in the band.

"Cymbals are pretty good instrument to play. I like crashing them a lot and be enthusiastic," Drumright said.

He was in the band and on the swim team at Dow High School too.

Drumright's future has always included college.

"After high school I want to go to college, so I chose SVSU and so far made a lot of friends," Drumright said.

And while so many people are helping Drumright succeed, they may be getting more out of it than him.

"Luke is setting a path for sure," Berens said.

"He's just been wonderful, he's a great influence to the other students in the class. Just a good, kind-hearted hard worker in the class," said Megan Will, SVSU's aquatic coordinator and adjunct instructor in the kinesiology department.

On top of his three classes, Drumright also is part of college clubs and he works.



 
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