By Aidan Ellis
Special To The Standard
With experience in 12 varsity sports to his credit, graduating senior Conner Blair says he received many offers from colleges, but, he says, his immediate plans involve only the Coast Guard — specifically, demolition control.
Blair said he’s chosen the position of demolition control in the Coast Guard because for him, it’s really just the next step up from “striking out an enemy” or else “breaking his ribcage with a bear-grip tackle.” When asked about why he chose this career path, Blair didn’t hesitate to respond, “After 20 years at $40,000 a year, I’ll be set to retire.”
As his last days of high school came to an end, Blair reflected on his plans for further education, which he said will be put off a bit while he’s in the service.
“I got a scholarship to play football for Castleton College, but if I was to go back to school, it would be way in my future,” Blair said.
Blair switched schools his freshman year and came from Hartland to Woodstock. At that point, he says, he already had ambitions of leadership on the football field all throughout high school.
Blair was key in taking the team to a state crown this fall, in his position as tight end/linebacker. He was also was a pitcher for the Wasps baseball team.
Not a slouch on the ice, either, Blair’s skills as goalie took the hockey team to back-to-back shutouts in January of his junior year.
Right now, Blair enjoys a quiet life with his girlfriend in his countryside domain in Hartland.
An expert artist and student, Blair said he passed all his classes with flying colors this year and displayed some of this paintings and drawing in this year’s art show.
A gentleman and a scholar, Blair’s presence will surely be missed on both the playing field and the student body of Woodstock High School, when he graduates this coming week. His future is sure to be an adventure as he serves his country in the Coast Guard.
This article was first published in the June 21,2012 edition of the Vermont Standard.