Neosho High School 2013 graduate Nate Rodriguez has accomplished much in his young life. Since then he has graduated from high school and from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Neosho High School 2013 graduate Nate Rodriguez has accomplished much in his young life. Since then he has graduated from high school and from Maryville University in St. Louis.
All the time he was attending school, Rodriguez was a wrestler and achieved three state championships while in high school, and was named an All-American three times, and a national Division 2 wrestling championship in college.
During all this extra-curricular work, Rodriguez has maintained high academics. He was a three-time All-Academic scholar in college.
Still, he will soon accomplish something very few people are able to ever do—he will be a charter class member of the new Kansas City University of Medicine and BioSciences in Joplin.
He and 149 other scholars will began their task to become Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. The charter class will be composed of about 25% from students within the 150 miles radius of Joplin. The others will be students from thirty-eight states and twelve nations.
The land where the Kansas City University of Medicine and BioSciences in Joplin is located was the temporary home for Mercy Hospital after the Joplin tornado. An interesting part of the medical school getting the land was that because Mercy is a Roman Catholic sponsored hospital, permission had to be given by the Vatican to approve the transfer of land.
Rodriguez said he became interested in becoming a medical doctor while in high school. He said it was arranged for him to shadow an emergency room doctor at work. After the shadowing, he said he thought he would like to be a doctor. It was at that time, Rodriguez set his goal of medical school.
Rodriguez’s major course of study at Maryville University was biology. He said that Cell Biology and Organic Chemistry were two of his most challenging classes. He called them “eye openers.”
When asked how he accomplished a 3.95 academic average and being a top-notch wrester at the same time, he said, “The loss of a lot of sleep.”
March of 2017 will be long remembered by Nate Rodriguez. He won his national wrestling championship on Saturday night and was accepted to the Kansas City University of Medicine and BioSciences on the following Thursday.
Rodriguez is now facing four years of academic work and from four to eight years of internship and residency. A young man with a sense of humor, Rodriguez said he doubts if his dad would call him “doctor,” unless he was getting ready to treat his father.
If Nate Rodriguez continues with his accomplishments, the rest of us will be calling him “doctor” in several years. And he will have accomplished this goal as a charter member of a new medical school.
Nate is a true champion.