Otto Rademacher, of Arlington, graduated from Minuteman in 2020 after studying Environmental Science. He’s attending the University of New England to major in Marine Affairs.
At Minuteman, Otto was a Student Ambassador, Peer Leader, and a player on the soccer, swim, and baseball teams. He traveled to New Orleans twice and Puerto Rico once with the Community Service Club.
Q: Why did you choose Minuteman?
I’m a hands-on learner. If I could get my hands on something and do a task out in the field, I could remember it much better than if I were just doing a lab in the classroom. The way Minuteman taught us helped me learn so much better.
Q: What did you like most about being in the Environmental Science career major?
We do a ton of hands-on learning. In the classroom, we’d learn about, say, forest ecology, which is the study of interactions among organisms in the environment. Then, we’d go out and spend the whole next day in the woods trying to find those organisms and seeing the interactions in between them. You learn it and then you get to go out and experience it.
Q: What did you like most about being a student athlete?
What’s truly great about Minuteman’s athletics program is we have a no cut, no fee policy. Anyone who wants to play a sport can do so. It’s great for kids who are passionate about something, and maybe if they had gone to another high school they wouldn’t have been able to play.
I had a wonderful experience being an athlete because that’s how I initially became a part of the Minuteman community. I joined the soccer and baseball teams. When I joined the soccer team, I joined a mini group of friends, where I could walk down the hall and any of them would say, ‘Hey, what’s up, bro?’
And, my biggest accomplishment at Minuteman was being part of the soccer team when we tied with Essex Tech. It was in the rain and it was probably the most fulfilling moment I’ve had at Minuteman. It was a phenomenal feeling.
Q: What message do you have for students thinking about joining Minuteman?
If you like hands-on learning, you should go for it. I found it to be a truly phenomenal way to learn. Most kids find something they love doing.