For Nate Wiewel, high school isn't just a period of time he can't wait to get through so he can move on to bigger and better things; it's a big part of who he is.
Wiewel, 18, is a senior at Putnam City West High School, and there's no place he'd rather be. He is a fixture at sporting events and other activities. He is quick with talking points about his school: “We're No. 1 in basketball right now.”
To that end, he produced a video highlighting his school that was played for members of the Putnam City Board of Education. The concept of “We Are West” was his. The video was well-received by the board and others who have seen it.
“We went around and showed students involved in student council and athletics,” he said. “That was our way of showing the diverse population of students and how much talent is at West. That's something I'm very passionate about, because there are so many amazing people at this school with so many different talents.”
Wiewel is a National Merit Scholar semifinalist and is involved in student council and other activities.
Making, saving money
Away from school, he has three moneymaking businesses.
One is a Web design business that created the campaign website for former Labor Commissioner Lloyd Fields.
Another is a photo business called Photokies. He shoots photos for graduations and other important life events.
His third is an audio production business. He has produced three albums released in iTunes and is set to release another soon.
“A lot of the money I save, and some of it I invest in other business ventures,” he said. “I do make a pretty good amount of money. I've been fortunate to be able to work for myself. Most of the money I make goes into savings. I have a plan to live a debt-free life.”
And while most kids his age wouldn't know Dave Ramsey from Gordon Ramsay, Wiewel is familiar with the financial guru's teachings.