Logan Mathews may only be 17 years old, but he is a rising star in the Jefferson City community. He strives to base his life on faith, family, and most of all, his services to others.
As a junior at Helias Catholic High School, Logan is well-known for being involved with activities both in and outside of school. He currently serves as a member of the student council, is a lettered athlete in track and cross county, is a member of National Honor Society, and serves with fellow students during school mass. Outside of school, Logan continues to be very active in his church and has been an active member of the Boy Scouts of America since he was in the fifth grade.
His projects include building shelving for the Salvation Army, building park benches for Binder Park, organizing volunteers to identify and remove invasive species at the Runge Nature Center, hosting a poster contest for seventh and eighth-grade students in order to create awareness of the benefits of recycling, and organizing an electronics recycling (E-waste) collections drive where he saved more than 100 tube televisions from being thrown away in the landfill.
For the past five summers, Logan has also volunteered nearly 400 hours at the Parks and Recreation Adventures in Science Camp to pass on his love of science to younger children and has spent more than 10 hours building homes for Habitat for Humanity. In addition, he has also spent numerous hours organizing and conducting presentations and classes to help younger Cub Scouts earn STEM Awards.
With so much passion to get involved, it’s no wonder Logan has been recognized multiple times for his outstanding achievements. In his first year at Helias, he received the Helen and Mary Skain Memorial Award, which is given to one freshman boy and one freshman girl each year in recognition of outstanding service to others. He also received The Carson Scholar Award for his academic excellence and service to his community, and the NSHSS Foundation Earth Day Award in recognition of an environmental project he is truly passionate about — saving the monarch butterflies.
His line of work includes planting 6.380 sq ft of milkweed, the only plant the Monarch butterfly lays eggs on and uses for food, on both private land and at Runge Nature Center, and provides free milkweed seeds for the public at the Runge, Longfellows Garden Center, and Green Horizons Garden Center. As for the future, The City of Jefferson has approved Logan’s proposal to build and install trash and recycling bins, four, which have been installed by JC Parks in the heavily trafficked areas of the Greenway Trail, and a remaining five which are set to be installed at the new park on Adrian’s Island after it’s built. To help further his efforts to clean up Jefferson City, Logan recently hosted his second E-Waste collection in April, a movement he hopes will become an annual event.
Who inspires you? My mom. She inspires me to be the best version of myself.
What’s your favorite book? “Unbroken“. I admire Louis Zamperini’s determination and grit.
Favorite YouTube Channel? Mark Rober. I love the cool things he makes. One of my favorites is the automatic bullseye.
What activities are you involved in? I am a varsity cross country runner, a member of the student council, and a member of the campus ministry crew. I am also a junior assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts Troop 4.
What’s your favorite subject in school and why? Computer science because it is fun to make my own programs and I have a great teacher.
Who do you like to have lunch with? My grandparents. They have an open invitation every Sunday afternoon.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Jefferson City? I like running local 5Ks and with the Jefferson City Roadrunners Club. The Pie Run on Thanksgiving morning is a family tradition.
What’s your favorite movie/tv show and why? My favorite movie is “Forrest Gump“. I like how easy-going and good-hearted Forrest was.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? Teleportation. Just imagine all the places you could go to instantly. I would travel the world and be home in time for dinner.
This or That?
Disney or Nickelodeon
DC or Marvel
Fruits or Vegetables
Laptop or Tablet
Pizza or Hamburger
Michael Jordan or LeBron James
Winter or Summer
In-school or At-home classes
PE or Art
Team Kayne or Team Swift
Neither, I’m not really into pop culture.
Fortnight or Minecraft
Bike or Scooter
PlayStation or Nintendo
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