Friday, March 6th, 2015
The Pepperbox | Page 23
Dylan Diemer: the volunteer Mozara Abdalla Reporter
& CJ Gray
regular 15-year-old boy would most likely sit through his school day waiting for the time when he would be free from responsibility after the bell rings. He would want to go out and spend time with friends, or relax and watch TV. But Arcata High has a 15-year-old boy that chooses to
He helps wrap ankles, massage injuries, and run the overall operations of the sports training program at the AHS gym.
use his free time volunteering. Sophomore Dylan Diemer is in it for the people. His array of responsibilities and experiences show just how much he cares about taking care of others. Just at Arcata High, Diemer is an exceptional contributor to the school community. Diemer is the director of the Crisis Team that focuses on suicide intervention with students. He is also an assistant trainer for athletics. He helps wrap ankles, massage injuries, and run the overall operations of the sports training program at the AHS gym. When we showed up to conduct the interview, Dylan was rocking his black “Arcata High Training” polo shirt and a pair of khaki pants - the classic train-
ers outfit. Where many boys would have their keychain lanyard hanging out of their front pocket, Diemer had a pair of blue latex gloves. With a smile he offered us seats up on the training bed, while he checked the score of the JV boys basketball game. Between working with the Crisis Team and training program, Diemer somehow finds time to volunteer off campus as well. This includes being a Red Cross wilderness first responder. “I’ve done search and rescue [with the program],” said Diemer. Diemer has also done volunteer work in foreign countries such as Ecuador, Panama, Ireland, Guatemala, and Bornia. In these countries he helped expand volunteer programs and share ideas. “I was pretty much an ambassador for the Red Cross,” explained Diemer. Diemer continued to share about how he started volunteering for Red Cross when he was just 11, and how it opened up his eyes to the wonders of helping people. “I enjoy the self-gratitude and staying busy,” Diemer said when explaining why he continues to volunteer. Although he may not have much time for himself, he does play JV boys soccer, a sport he enjoys so much that he also referees it. On the field, when he refs men’s league, he has to deal with adults not respecting his authority. When asked about how he deals with disrespectful adults he chuckled and told us that “I card ‘em!” But many times Diemer is not in a position of authority, but rather at an equal level with adults that he volunteers with. To be successful in these situations, he tells us that he “shows them respect, listens to them, works with them, and tries to connect with them in order to gain their respect.” He does not hold
grudges against these adults because he realizes that most of them are not used to working with some-
I want to stop crime, especially sex crime involving children. It sickens me. one who is only fifteen years old. Diemer has worked to overcome these distressing situations, but even while being interviewed Diemer seemed slightly uncomfortable. He could not control his urge to help people. He wrung out his fingers with nervous energy just waiting for someone to ask for his assistance. He got his chance when a cheerleader came over asking for him to cut the tape off her fingers. He had his scissors out within seconds, cutting off the tape, while simultaneously striking up a conversation with the girl. After sending the cheerlead-
er on her way, Diemer swivelled back in his chair to face us, and continued to share about himself. “A lot of people don’t know that I have my co-pilots license. I flew a plane over the Blue Hole in Belize. I really enjoy it, and it gives you a whole new perspective.” To add to his involvements, Diemer is an open water lifeguard during the summer in Minnesota. He said this was one of his best experiences. It is one more way for him to help people. Having such a positive viewpoint on helping others has put Diemer on a track to a bright future. Although currently he does not get paid for all the work he does, he hopes to pursue a career where he can help others. “I want to stop crime, especially sex crime involving children. It sickens me.” But with a full schedule now, Dylan Diemer has dedicated himself to helping others for no monetary reimbursement at all. The only pay he gets is the self-satisfaction.
Dylan Diemer takes a break in his home away from home, the AHS trainer’s room.