Logan Hettinger is a young man of few words. But his many actions and activities speak volumes about his character -- and his big heart. Others have plenty to say about Logan: Hardworking. Dedicated. Funny. Talented in athletics, schoolwork and music. A great leader who loves helping others. In high school, he distinguished himself as a student-athlete. Behind the scenes he quietly went about making the National Honor Society and finding time to give back to others, most notably through Special Olympics. Friends and family predict one day this incoming engineering student will make his mark on the world. Chances are he'll let actions do the talking.
- First Base
First thing to know about Logan is his love for sports. Especially baseball. And especially the St. Louis Cardinals. Logan played catcher on the Jasper High School baseball team for four years. He also played fullback and linebacker in football for four years and played basketball for one. But baseball, clearly, is his passion.
- Favorite activity at age 10? "Baseball."
- Favorite activity now? "Baseball."
- Favorite season and why? "Spring and summer ... Baseball season."
His newest prized possession is a Louisville Slugger, a graduation gift from his uncle. Once he's established on campus, he says, he may explore trying out as a walk-on for the Boilermaker baseball team. In the meantime, you can catch him firing up the crowds at Boilermaker sporting events and playing intramural sports.
- Going to bat for others
Helping others has been a distinguishing part of Logan's life. One of the defining moments so far has been working with the Special Olympics. He has a dozen or more ribbons and medallions attesting to his work with the organization.
"I participated as a 'unified partner' in softball and bowling alongside my cousin, who has autism. We went all the way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to compete in the Unified Special Olympics Bowling National Championships. It was the peak of me and my cousin's relationship so far."
He has also been a leader in "Wyldlife," a church-based program for middle school youth in his southern Indiana community. Logan was also elected to be a peer mentor at high school, helping incoming freshmen adapt to their high school years.
- Why Purdue fits like a mitt
Along with a proud Boilermaker Mom, Logan's sister Shelby is excited to have her brother join her at Purdue, where she is a communications major, with a minor in music history and music theory. Enrolled in the First-Year Engineering Program, Logan plans to study either biomedical or mechanical engineering.
"I've always enjoyed building stuff and taking things apart. I like more of the hands-on activities," Logan says. He hopes someday to do or make something to better the lives of those with special needs.
- Home plate special
With a full plate of activities - playing sports, studying and volunteering - Logan has also worked for the family-owned Schnitzelbank Restaurant. The landmark eatery is known for great German food in the predominantly German community of Jasper, Indiana.
The restaurant also has another Boilermaker integral in its 50-year success story. Logan's mother, Gail, is a 1982 Purdue grad with a degree in restaurant, hotel, institutional and tourism management and hails from the Hanselman family, proprietors of the Schnitzelbank since 1961.