Leadership is natural for Bendan Reiman.
The high school senior at Oklahoma Union serves as class president, Student Council president, FFA president and president of Business Professionals of America. On top of all this, Reiman is the captain for both the football and track teams.
For his foresight, Reiman has been selected as the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Patriot Auto Group and Truity Credit Union September Student of the Month.
Each month, 12 participating schools in northeastern Oklahoma will submit seniors who have an excellent grade point average, display community leadership qualities, active volunteerism and high moral integrity. A panel of judges reviews the submissions and selects two students of the month.
The students will be honored at a banquet this spring and will be eligible for scholarships and Chevrolet Cruze donated by Patriot Auto Group.
“I’m honored to be selected as Student of the Month and really appreciate being part of the program,” said Reiman.
Academically, Reiman has been successful in the classroom and is focused on becoming a doctor. At the end of the year, he will have around 30 hours of college credit under his belt.
“It’s really up in the air of what kind of a doctor I want to be, but my dream is to work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Reiman, who will be attending the University of Oklahoma next year.
“I just have a passion for medicine and really want to help people and help kids,” said Reiman.
Several years ago, Reiman applied for and was accepted for a nine day National Youth Leadership Forum Medical Conference at the University of North Carolina. At the conference, he was able to learn and perform procedures such as sutures, bracing, intubations and simulated surgeries, during which he was the “head of surgery.”
And during his sophomore year, he was accepted to attend Operation Orange at Oklahoma State University where he won an intubation contest out of 600 students. He also attended the Med-Extravaganza at OSU-Tulsa, touring medical facilities and meeting professors and medical professionals.
“I’ve picked up some skillsm and the conferences I’ve been to have helped me and enhanced my leadership skills,” said Reiman.
He’s also found a balance of staying on top of his academics while being an active volunteer in the community.
For the past three years or so, he has read to elementary students, participated in the Angel Tree fundraiser, helped out at elementary field days and visited nursing homes.
“Apart from his formal volunteer roles, if there is ever a need in front of him, Brendan will not hesitate to jump in and meet it. That is one reason that our staff loves it when he is in a leadership role because he is such a working leader — there is no task too small for him, ” said Oklahoma Union Principal David Lovelace.
He’s also helped with canned food drives at his church, and during his freshman and sophomore years he was a volunteer for the Coffeyville Kids Wrestling Club, which was a weekly time commitment.
Reiman is a role model for fellow students, Lovelace said.
“He wants to do his best, but he also wants to encourage those around them to do their best. On the football team, he is a consistent vocal leader, encouraging his teammates to keep getting better. He also is willing to step up and provide help to enable his friends to do better,” he said.