The Mankato, KS Chamber of Commerce took on the Senior Spotlight project for the 2017-2018 school year in an effort to encourage students to consider returning to Jewell County in the future and to ask important questions about how they think our communities could be improved. For our community to grow in the future, we need to listen to what our young people have to say. Please enjoy this week's Senior Spotlight Interview with Cody Wright.
Q: If your had the power to change anything, what would it be?
A: Letting our government control everything. If I had the power to change something, I would make to were the people decided more than the government. We are a nation that needs to be ran by the people so we can be a nation of the people.
Q: What is something that most people may not know about you?
A: I can weld good. I can weld really good for my age. I started when I was really young and haven't stopped welding since.
Q: In terms of businesses (Service, retail, etc.) what do you believe is missing in Mankato that would benefit the people of Jewell County?
A: I think that we need to get some kind of fast food restraunt in Jewell County that will make people want to stop as they are driving by. We also need to have a bigger, nicer gas station that will allow semis to access easily. Everyone is too scared to take the chance and fail, but we can generate more revenue if we take the risk to catch the eye of someone driving by.
Q:Where do you see yourself in ten years?
A: I see myself just retiring from underwater welding and going to the mountains of Colorado and buying me some land and starting my own ranch from the ground up.
Q: What are some improvement you would like to see in Mankato in the future that would entice our youth to return?
A: Houses are just standing there, with grass growing up, and paint falling off. Those houses need to be rebuilt. I think they should fix them up a little bit and place them online for people to see.
Q: What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
A: Working. Either welding or on horse back.
Thank you for reading and taking the time to get to know Cody! Keep your eye out for this great student and take the time to introduce yourself and encourage him to pursue a future in Jewell County!