Editor’s note: Every year in the lead-up to PCM commencement, the Prairie City News profiles two Mustang graduates and asks about their future. In part 2 of a two part series, PCN interviews 18-year-old Lucas Ingle of Runnells. The graduate spotlight was on Josie Branderhorst of Prairie City, in the May 12 edition.
Current events can cause stress for everyone, including today’s graduating seniors as they prepareg to enter the world on their own for the first time. But PCM senior Lucas Ingle sees humanity’s poorer habits as malleable.
“What gives me hope is that we are created with the ability to change ourselves, and all of us can realize that ability to reach our potential, become better people and serve our God,” the 18-year-old said.
As Ingle prepares to walk across the graduation stage in the PCM High School gym Sunday, he takes that analytical view with him. In the last four years, the Runnells native has been preparing for a career as a mental health counselor following in his dad Charles’ footsteps.
In the fall Ingle will attend Simpson College to study psychology. He hopes the degree will propel his main goal of helping others.
“I really love the aspect of helping people cope with the stresses of life and mental illnesses,” Ingle said.
Ingle and his family chose to be part of the PCM community, open enrolling from the South East Polk school district. Ingle is a three-year Mustang golfer and has also been involved in key club, earned a spot on the PCM National Honor Society and played one year of basketball.
But what struck Ingle most during his time at PCM is academic rigor. He said the ability to begin college level studies on his career path has been invaluable.
“What stood out to me most at PCM is the opportunity that the school has given us to explore a variety of classes, including online college classes where I started studying criminal justice and psychology,” he said.
PCM’s graduation ceremony is at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school gym in Monroe.
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