By Greg Hicks

Lincoln County Record

Work ethic. It’s a characteristic commonly graded by others based on here-and-now situations; obviously, loosely used a lot of the time. By definition, work ethic is the belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character. Based on that definition, work ethic is not about the here-and-now; it’s about the then and always will be. In other words, you either have it or you don’t.

Character. A trait that has no code, but we all build on it. Many events in life build character. Success can build character and, at the same time, character leads to success. By definition, character is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Parents play a major role in character building, allowing kids to develop their own personalities, while teaching the life lessons that build character. It’s a long process that involves both discipline and reward; a process that changes initial remarks of “can you?” and “have you?” to simply “thank you”.

Jesse Mclean was taught well. Jesse, a graduating senior at Lincoln County High School, hasn’t just proven he has outstanding work ethic and character; he’s taught us what work ethic and character really means. Jesse has received varsity letters in football, wrestling, and track and field. He’s been named to the Academic All-State team for these sports multiple times. In wrestling, Jesse was Regional Champion twice and a state finalist once in the 160 lb. class; holding a record of 37-15, with a league record of 13-1 his senior year. On top of all that, Jesse maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout high school, making him the Salutatorian of his senior class and earning him multiple scholarships, including a four year presidential scholarship at Southern Utah University. Recently, Jesse won a Facebook contest that earned him a free spot in a nationally recognized wrestling camp hosted by Utah United Wrestling from August 10th to the 15th. The contest was based on most likes, and in true fashion, Jesse committed himself to achieving that goal and he did. Jesse had this to say of his success, “You don’t have to be talented at something to bring success in it. You just have to work hard to achieve your goals and they will come. Hard work beats out everything else. I want to live like I’m wrestling; never give up and always move and attack. You are always working hard and making the best of it. In the end, you will have no regrets and be proud of yourself”.

It seems fitting to conclude with a reminder of the beginning; the parents that plant the seeds that root the character and work ethic of their children. When asked what message she had for Jesse as he embarks on the next phase of his life, Jesse’s Mom, Torrie Mclean, said, “You have made us very proud. You have great determination and drive to do whatever you set your mind to. With that, you will accomplish great things. You have been so awesome. You have achieved many things. You know what you want in life, so go for it….chase your dreams. Love you so much!”