Dermatologist or Christian music singer/songwriter? They’re two fields at pretty opposite ends of the skills spectrum, but they’re at the top of 16-year-old Cody Towell’s list for the future.
Knowing him, he might just do both.
Homeschooled since fifth grade, Towell has availed himself of an exceptional opportunity to get involved in the community and try out an array of activities.
Towell is involved with Gateway Church and volunteers in the nursery there. He also assists with Vacation Bible School, and is a member of the Nazarene Youth Group. In 2011, Cody went on a church-sponsored mission trip to Haiti.
“It gave me more of an appreciation of school and of the need for clean drinking water,” Towell said of the trip. “It definitely gave me a love for the country and its people. I loved the kids there. They were so appreciative.”
Cody was so moved by the trip that he is looking into learning Haitian Creole, the island nation’s language. His dermatology ambition stems from his desire to take that knowledge with him on more mission trips.
Towell loves Christian music and has written and performed his own material. He’s taken voice lessons and plays piano and guitar, with future plans to submit his musical work to a producer.
“The Lord has helped me through (difficult trials) and He has been my fortress,” Towell said. “I would love to use music as a ministry to help people through their own trials.”
In addition to his involvement with the church, Towell has been an ice skater with the Findlay Silver Blades for eight years. He practices three times a week in season, which culminates with a performance in March. Cody is also an instructor for the Gliding Stars of Findlay and is training to become an ice dancing partner to earn money for medical school.
On the side, Cody works at Kumon Learning Center, babysits, cleans houses, takes post-secondary option classes at the University of Findlay, and has held the lead role in both a musical and another play through the Arts Partnership. This year, Cody and his family will arrange their third Christian Prom for those who “want an encouraging and appropriate atmosphere.”
And not many can say this: Cody recently sang for “Mandisa” of American Idol fame in a talent competition while on a cruise with his family.
“She said she liked my voice,” Towell said.
For Cody, the future’s not bright – it’s blazing.