2013 LEADER OF TOMORROW: Connor Stouder of Whitko High School

Editor’s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders. Each student was asked a series of questions and have been highlighted during the last week. Connor Stouder was The Post & Mail’s top pick in the Leaders of Tomorrow search.SOUTH WHITLEY — “Never take a day off.” That’s the advice Connor Stouder, a senior at Whitko High School, would give to students just starting their high school career.“You have to get in a routine and know what has to be done at the moment,” said Stouder. “You have to take school and activities serious. Even as a freshman, you have to work hard every day.”A son of Bruce and Cheryl, Stouder has been in the Whitko school district since 4th grade. His work ethic was developed while juggling his athletics, academics, clubs and the numerous after-school activities he is involved in. Stouder was the running back for the wildcats in the 2012 football season and now is a sprinter in the 100, 200 and 400 meter events for the school’s track team. “My coaches have taught me a lot,” Stouder said. “(head football) Coach Wayne Swender taught me a lot of life lessons on and off the field. My track coach taught me how to dig deep and not quit. The harder you work, the more it is going to pay off.”Now Stouder is preparing to accept his diploma and transition into the collegiate arena. Although his college choice is not completely finalized, he is leaning towards the University of Indianapolis.To read the rest of this story, see the March 20 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.