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Work at local hospital next step for Coffman's Schwab

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Friday, June 04, 2010

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More than 400 students will graduate from Dublin Coffman High School June 5 in the Schottenstein Center, but few have encountered as much adversity as Greg Schwab.

Schwab, 18, arrived at Coffman High School just in time for his freshman year and made the most of his four years at the school.

"Everything Dublin City Schools did for Greg has far exceeded anything I dreamt," said Marge Schwab, his mother, who moved to Dublin from Indianapolis the summer before her son was a freshman.

Schwab, the eldest of three children, was born with a rare condition called Apert Syndrome, a genetic disorder said to occur once in every 200,000 births.

It is a genetic disease in which the seams between the skull bones close too soon, affecting the shape of the head and face, and hands and feet.

Schwab has undergone more than 30 surgeries in his lifetime, but none since his freshman year.

The surgeries have vastly improved his cognitive and motor skills during his childhood, Mrs. Schwab said.

Schwab is well known both in and out of school.

Not a shy individual, Schwab made his love for sports -- particularly football -- well-known immediately upon his arrival at Dublin schools.

It didn't take long before Mrs. Schwab received a call from Mark Crabtree, a coach with the Shamrocks football program.

As a freshman, Greg was manager of the team, assisting coaches in a variety of ways and keeping track of some of the team's equipment.

During his freshman year, he was required to have surgery at a Chicago area hospital.

While Schwab was there, the coaching staff at Coffman arranged for a special gift.

He received a football signed by quarterback Brady Quinn, a Coffman graduate who was then suiting up for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Less than a year later, Crabtree summoned Schwab to the locker room at Coffman High School where he was surprised to meet Brady Quinn.

As a senior, Schwab participated in the football game the Rocks played in Ohio Stadium against Olentangy Liberty High School.

"He loved seeing the Shamrock painted on our driveway, too," Mrs. Schwab said.

Schwab's involvement with Coffman goes beyond the gridiron.

He also worked stocking beverage machines at the school and volunteers at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

For the past two years, he participated in a work-study program, choosing to work at the Washington Township Fire Department.

Schwab's paternal grandfather was an Indianapolis firefighter from 1948-1968.

"I worked in the kitchen and did house chores," Schwab said.

While in school, Schwab said his favorite subjects were history and sociology.

"Dublin has been a great school system, accepting and accommodating... (Greg) has made many great friends... (His high school experience) was more than I could have hoped for," Mrs. Schwab said.

After graduating, Schwab will participate in a post-secondary program called "Project Search."

A program for Hilliard and Dublin graduates, and those of Tolles Technical and Career Center, it helps graduates find permanent jobs.

Schwab, in August, will begin a full-time internship at Dublin Methodist Hospital.

"I'd like some kind of job in the medical field," Schwab said.

Schwab is also an avid sports fan, including the Chicago Bears and Black Hawks, largely inherited from his father, Robert, who lives in New Jersey.

Schwab has a younger brother at Coffman High School and a younger sister at Indian Run Elementary School.

"Everything Dublin City Schools did for Greg has far exceeded anything I dreamt." (Marge Schwab)


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Author: By Kevin Corvo
Source: Columbus Local News
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