An important aspect of Rockwood's The Way Forward strategic plan is helping prepare our students for life after high school, whichever path they take. Our PDFProfile of a Rockwood Learner sets forth our aspirations to help nurture students who think creatively and critically; engage thoughtfully and respectfully; develop strong character; collaborate with others; and explore our world.
In the coming weeks, we will feature stories of 2020 graduates who embody that Profile of a Rockwood Learner as they pursue further education or the start of a career through our "Profile of a Rockwood Graduate" story series.
Today, we profile Marquette High graduate Collin Hebisen.
By the end of his freshman year of high school, Collin Hebisen already knew that he wanted to join the Marine Corps upon graduation.
His four years at Marquette High not only reinforced that decision but helped equip him with the tools necessary to thrive during boot camp and at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California, where he is now stationed.
Hebisen was an Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) cadet at Marquette. Under the tutelage of Senior Master Sergeant Dr. Gary Wamble and Major Terri Zuber, he learned the principles of leadership as well as more practical matters such as keeping his uniform "clean and pristine."
"AFJROTC helped me a lot with learning how to lead and what to do in simple situations when someone needs to take charge," Hebisen said. "It's simple things that make you a better human and have a better mindset. We had to write papers that made me think about certain situations and how, once I joined the military, I would react when I had to take charge. That helped a lot in boot camp."
Hebisen said he is also grateful for his participation in the Mustangs wrestling program and the lessons imparted by coach Jacob Dieffenbach. "He pushed me and made my mindset a whole lot stronger going into the Marine Corps," Hebisen said. "He showed me that your body can go harder than you think it can."