JENNINGS County High School senior Taylor Eder has experienced more in high school than many students.
The son of Paul and Elizabeth Eder has been to an online gaming competition in Los Angeles, broken school records in swimming and traveled to Germany.
Eder is an avid player of the free online game League of Legends. He discovered the game three years ago on a “World of Warcraft” forum and has been playing ever since.
Going by the name of Arthelon and playing on the team Meat Playground, he traveled to Los Angeles to the Championship Series North American Qualifier. Eder and the rest of the team spent five days in California, but the team lost.
Despite not winning the championship, Eder still thinks about becoming a professional gamer in the future.
He has been swimming for 13 years. He broke the school record last year for the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.9 seconds. Although he does not plan to participate in competitive swimming when he goes to college next year, he plans to swim for exercise.
He said his favorite thing about swimming is getting to hang out with friends.
In 2011, Eder went to Germany with a group of German language students from Jennings County High School. There he saw the Neuschwanstein Castle, the castle that inspired Walt Disney to create his at Disneyland. He described the experience as “inspiring and beautiful.”
After graduation, Eder looks forward to going to college at IUPUI and becoming a professional gamer.
His favorite class this year has been AP English because of the interesting things he has learned. He said the most important thing he has learned is “the importance of caffeine in everyday life and at important events.”
His message to younger students is, “It isn’t about the journey but the destination.”
Mitchell Sigmund is a Jennings County High School senior.