Teen of the Week: Wilcoxen keeping busy

Belpre High School junior Tyson Wilcoxen is in the automotive repair program at Washington County Career Center, has a nearly 4.2 grade point average and is a member of the Belpre High School football team. (Photo Provided)

BELPRE — Belpre High School junior Tyson Wilcoxen is a busy young man, so busy in fact, his grandfather stepped in to do his Teen of the Week interview.

“I don’t push him into anything,” Roger Wilcoxen said. “I just let him go with the flow and give him good advice.”

So far that advice is paying off. Tyson Wilcoxen has a nearly 4.2 grade point average and is in his first year of the automotive repair program at the Washington County Career Center. He also has played football for Belpre Schools since he was 5 and this year is coaching PeeWee Football.

In addition, Roger Wilcoxen said his grandson works for Belpre City Schools.

“In the summers, he is on what they call the ‘floor crew,'” Roger Wilcoxen said. “They go in and move the furniture out of the rooms, scrub the rooms down and polish the floors, then put everything back. He also does custodial work after school each day. He does all sorts of work around the school, tries to fix things that need fixed.”

Roger Wilcoxen said Tyson Wilcoxen also volunteers as at the Belpre Public Library during the summer Buckeye Camp.

But Tyson Wilcoxen’s interest in cars is a passion he’ll likely pursue into the future

“He’s got an old ’84 Dodge he tinkers with,” Roger Wilcoxen said. “He’s made the comment he’d like to go back for the autobody program.”

Roger Wilcoxen has been a major influence on his grandson’s life.

“I’ve had him since he was just a baby. I’ve raised him,” he said. “Anyone who has been around Tyson will tell you he is a fine young man.”


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