DULUTH — Ray Bandy must be a civil engineer when he grows up.
For the immediate, though, the imposing quickly-to-be graduate from Denfeld Giant School is possibly highest often known as a standout offensive and defensive lineman on the college’s soccer group and as a stable — mainly and figuratively — and helpful presence for crew and classmates. He’ll be simply considered one of about 165 Denfeld learners established to get a diploma Thursday on the college’s auditorium.
“He’s a dedicated athlete and scholar however that’s not what could make Ray particular,” Geri Saari, a counselor at Denfeld, wrote to the Information Tribune. “It’s the means he places his coronary coronary heart into every little thing he does and everyone he fulfills. … He’s the initially only one to allow lighten your load, go a desk, or provide to help when he sees a will want.”
Bandy himself is considerably way more issue-of-actuality about it.
“In the event you see anybody having difficulties, you go help. That’s the essential and straightforward of it,” he reported. “Once I was younger I purchased produced pleasurable of quite a bit because of the reality I used to be even larger. … I grew up and hit the health heart a very good deal and may now arise for folk.”
He mentioned he tries to contemplate any alternative he sees to assist some others.
“I’m not a bit particular person and I’m not tremendous weak,” Bandy reported, “so I can ordinarily help individuals with precise bodily jobs.”
But it surely’s not all brawn: The 18-calendar year-outdated who can bench press a “cool” 315 kilos additionally coaches a youth flag soccer crew, has hosted excursions of Denfeld for brand new learners there, and talks store routinely with a university custodian he befriended whereas heading within from a soccer apply previous summer time months.
“We talk about on a regular basis residing and the way every little thing’s heading,” Bandy defined.
Bandy is established to move to the School of Minnesota Duluth this tumble to get pleasure from soccer. He mentioned he’s slated to be a defensive lineman. Bandy said he wished to take part in for the Bulldogs at UMD or the Gophers on the College of Minnesota Twin Metropolitan areas.
“And UMD has an outstanding engineering software program,” he suggested the Information Tribune. “So I purchased the give from them and each little factor wholesome into space.”
Initially from Northfield, Minnesota, Bandy’s dad is a constructing employee and his grandfather was an architect who developed and developed properties there.
“I’ve usually favored math. I’ve usually favored doing stuff with my palms,” he reported. “I’ve often most well-liked to do one thing to that affect, and civil engineering simply appeared like probably the most interesting and probably the most relevant.”
Bandy credited his father and a well being and health mentor in Proctor with supporting him develop into the male he’s and hopes to be.
An lively churchgoer, Bandy choices to be part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and says his faith is a “key precept” of who he’s.
“Making an attempt to reside my life to the best of my potential, and be as superior as possible,” Bandy mentioned. “That even goes previous faith. Which is simply type of how I grew up.”