Capturing moments in life is something that has long fascinated Otterville senior Cole Main.
“I’ve been interested in photography for several years,” Main said. “I haven’t been paid for any of my work yet but it is what I am going to college to study and will hopefully lead to a career.”
Main will attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg this fall where he will pursue a degree in professional photography.
“I really like the creative aspect or the ‘eye’ to photography,” Main said. “I want to focus on travel photography, which I think can lead to all kinds of wonderful possibilities.
“It’s every photographer’s dream to photograph for National Geographic,” he added. “Who knows, it can happen to anyone so it may be me someday.”
Main said a yearbook class he took at Otterville during his junior year helped to develop his interest in photography.
“I was always out taking candids and pictures when I was in the class,” Main said. “I think that is really one of the benefits of going to a small school like Otterville, you get a lot of hands-on experiences.
“I learned the importance of hard work at the school and how to manage my time,” he added. “The teachers there really cared and taught us the value of hard work.”
Another way Main learned the benefits of hard work and time management was through extracurricular activities. He was a member of FBLA, NHS, drama club, band and participated in three sports, archery, baseball and track.
“There was a time during my junior year that I was going to four practices a day,” Main said. “I would go to school at 7:30 in the morning and would be there until 9 at night.
“If I was at baseball practice one of my friends who was at play practice would call and tell me when my scenes were coming up,” he added. “It seemed like I was at one place or another and everyplace at once.”
Cellphones helped with scheduling and Main added that the administrators and staff worked out any possible conflicts so Main could participate in all the events.
“FBLA was a great organization for me to be a part of,” Main commented. “I really learned valuable business skills and people skills there.
“Mrs. (Cindy) Birdwell, my chapter adviser, was a big influence,” he added. “I was her teaching assistant and I really learned a great deal working with her.
Main served in several chapter offices in FBLA and was chosen the District Six Vice President of Public Relations during his senior year.
“I don’t really think I have any regrets or anything major I dwell on about school,” Main said. “I wish I would have joined FBLA sooner because I joined during the second semester of my sophomore year.”
A minor knee injury kept him out of baseball during his senior year but other than those two things, Main said his high school years were positive.
“I think I would tell others to take things as they come and don’t rush through things because it goes by really fast,” Main said. “I want to branch out now and travel all over the world with my photography.
“I feel like I am leaving a part of me because so much of who I am began at home,” he added.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484