From Staff Reports

Ethan Bowen, 18, a senior at Morristown-Hamblen High School East, likes Air Force JROTC because it teaches him leadership skills unlike any other class.

His parents are David and Kelly Bowen of Morristown.

His favorite band is Queen, favorite movie is “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” favorite TV show is “The Walking Dead,” and favorite book is “1984” by George Orwell.

Ethan is a senior patrol leader in the Boy Scouts of America, an Eagle Scout with four palms, Air Force JROTC corps commander, a member of the East High Advanced Choir, swim team and cross country team and Narrow Path Youth Ministries.

In his spare time, Ethan likes to hike, run, swim, sing and play video games.

When he was asked what he would do if she won one million dollars, he said he would spend most of it on family, but most of it would end up in a savings account to collect interest.

Ethan will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduate as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He will major in the Russian language because he loves to learn new languages.

Larry Swinson, a scoutmaster for Scout Troop 91 for 25 years, is Ethan’s role model. “He gives countless hours without pay just to teach young men how to be outstanding citizens.”

Ethan has overcome many challenges, such as the loss of close family members. “I was able to become inspired and driven because of their loss and eventually overcame that.”

He sees entitlement as the greatest challenge facing young people today. “It’s because of the way we’ve been raised. As my generation begins to work they will begin to realize that they have to work diligently to get what they want.

Hiking the Sangre DeCristo Mountains in New Mexico was the most interesting place he has visited. “This was a very beautiful, but very grueling experience because it was a 101-mile hike.

If he could change anything about his school, he would create more support for students with an interest in technical school or jobs straight out of high school because not everyone is meant to go to college.

Ethan’s advice to his underclassmen is to make high school fun. “I know it’s stressful, but you are living the best years of your life. Don’t waste them by looking to the future because the future isn’t promised.”

Ethan sees division as being the greatest challenge facing America today. “It’s very hard to solve this problem; however, if everyone can learn to love and accept other people’s opinions, then we will unify.”

The greatest event of his life was earning his Eagle Scout rank. “Even though getting into West Point was amazing, the most exciting moment was earning my Eagle Scout rank. I had worked for 12 years to get that award and I had finally reached that goal.”