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Jesuit student leader on YMCA board, plans Navy career


Published:   |   Updated: September 24, 2013 at 01:15 PM

TAMPA – Joshua Heiman might be a 10th-grader at Jesuit High School, but he’s already proving himself to be a mover and shaker in Northwest Hillsborough County.

Heiman is the president of the Leader’s Club at the Northwest Hillsborough Family YMCA – having won out over three other candidates – and is the only student on the YMCA advisory board.

Heiman, who carries an almost straight-A grade point average at Jesuit, is responsible for running the YMCA Leaders Club, where the group formulates activities for community improvement, and he is looking for ideas to get teenagers more involved in the area.

“We are trying to get more teen activity in the community,” Heiman said. “Sometimes we talk about political things we can get involved in, but we are willing to do anything that helps make the community a better place.”

Even if Heiman is the youngest person on the board, he doesn’t plan to just sit around and listen. He knows he is there to represent the teens of the YMCA, which he visits once or twice a week.

“I think (the other board members) look at me as an equal,” Heiman said. “They understand what I am trying to do for the teens and that I represent them and there are a lot of teens at the YMCA.”

One of Heiman’s tasks is to help raise money through fundraisers and other community events involving the Leaders Club. Another is to provide volunteers for YMCA events, including Family Fun Nights for Kids. It’s all volunteer work and Heiman is in charge of making sure the events run smoothly from the teen angle, with plenty of participants and volunteers.

For now, Heiman is happy being a student, a member of Jesuit’s acclaimed chorus, and of his position at the YMCA. As for the future, he hopes to attend the Naval Academy where he wants to train to be a Navy Seal, one of the most dangerous units in the military. He said joining the service feels like a natural calling.

“It’s something that is important to me,” Heiman said. “The biggest thing about being in the military is to think of all the things they have given us. We have freedom, we can practice any religion, and people can follow any goal they choose.”

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