Interview with Ian Eicher, Senior at Norwell High School
How old are you?
Do you like your name?
If you had to change your name what would it be?
Oh, that’s hard to decide. It would probably be Cooper. I just like that name.
What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
How my parents gave me my one Christmas gift. They got that reindeer poop slime and they put a Taco Bell gift card inside of it.
So you had to dig through the slime to get the gift card out of it?
Your parents sound fun.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
I’d probably go somewhere in the mountains. Just because it’s cool looking down there in Tennessee and Kentucky area. I’ve only been to the Smoky Mountains.
Did you stay in a cabin?
Yes. It was hard to get the vehicle up there because it was such a slope. It was like oh, how do you get up there?
You have found a suitcase containing $1 million. The authorities say it’s yours to keep. What do you do with it?
Buy some land. Build a house and barn.
Good! Are you planning on staying around this area?
Yeah. More than likely.
Tell me something about a parent or relative that you find awesome and you hope to accomplish someday?
My grandpa never went to college, but had plenty and was successful. He knows how to work on things by himself and he had maintenance jobs so he knew how to fix things.
So your plan is to learn a trade?
Yes, learning a trade is what I want to do.
Are you close with your grandpa? Do you guys spend a lot of time together?
Yeah, We don’t get to spend as much time together anymore. I’m a lot busier.
What are you proudest of?
Getting my Fire Certifications while still in school.
So you have some already?
Yes, I just need to get 2 or 3 more then I can go to the Fire Department full-time, if I want to.
Are you planning on Wells or Adams County Fire Departments?
You are a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I’d be neon green or neon orange. Those are my two favorite colors. I just like bright colors.
Do you own a pet? What are their names?
I own two dogs. Piper and Patches. Patches is a Lab/Pit mix and Piper is an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix. She is crazy. She runs circles around my Lab and Patches just lays there like what are you running for?
Do you remember how they got their names?
Patches got her name because of how she had the patches on her when I picked her out as a puppy. For Piper, a kid at my old job helped me name her. He threw out that idea and I liked that name. She was kind of hyper as a puppy.
Can you tell me a joke?
What did the fireman say when the church caught fire?
I have no idea.
(Interviewer Laughing) Very good joke.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
My Fire Rescue class is my favorite because your actually learning a hands on trade and it’s something that not really too many people are wanting to learn about. They put us through physical tests.
So tests like learning to control the hose?
Yes, that’s fun. We have an obstacle course we go through and we went through it last year. You have to crawl through and you realize how small you have to get to go through small spaces.
Do they send you through a tear gas chamber like they do in the military?
No, we don’t have to go through that, thank goodness. I’d be like ‘no, I’m good. I’ll pass’.
Are you involved in school sports, music or other activities? Any outside of school activities?
No. I stay busy with classes and work. I just got a new job.
What is your favorite game to play and why?
Probably dodge ball. It’s a fun sport to play. Moving targets are fun.
Who is one of your friends that make you laugh all the time?
Either Nash or Austin. Austin has different accents he uses. He can talk like he’s British, Australian, all different ones. Nash is just funny.
Who is your most academically inclined friend?
Nash. He’s usually the one that gets homework done.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years and how will you get there?
I’ll probably have a house and be out on my own. Working at the fire department to pay for the house and maybe start a family.
It was good to meet you. You have a great future ahead of you. Best of luck with the fire classes.
Teen Talk is a service supported by Southern Wells Schools, Northern Wells Schools, and Bluffton Harrison Schools, …. to promote dialogue and community among area high school students.
Interviewer: Amy Serafini
News-Banner, Bluffton, Indiana