I have chosen to write this essay about one of the most influential people in my entire life that I was blessed with meeting before my freshman year of high school even began. He has taught me more about life than I think anyone else has that I have ever met. A great leader himself, my high school band director Mr. Eddleman has and still continues to help shape me into a true leader not just by example, but also through the many experiences I have had in his classes and ensembles.
My freshmen year I joined the ALHS Marching Band along with the Concert Band. Mr. Eddleman was the director of both ensembles and, to my amazement, he was able to turn over one hundred people into one functioning unit that performed on the field and at concerts. I still admire that leadership to this day. As a leader, he was able to remain compassionate, but also able to pull off great feats. I, by his example, morphed into this type of leader and applied these same skills to group projects, personal endeavors, and how I acted with my friends and in family situations. Throughout my time in his classes as I grew older, I became a mentor to other students and even successfully became a member of the highest level band. No matter what hardship I faced in the ensembles, Mr. Eddleman always pushed me to try my hardest and has helped me to achieve any goal I set.
Clara Huffman, Class of 2015