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HCHS grad is Harvard bound . . . maybe

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Fowler: 98% committed to Ivy League law school

Lee Kendall,
News Writer
lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

Shane Fowler has experienced more in his short 25 years on earth, than most people will experience in a lifetime.
The 2011 graduate of Harrison County High School, was a first-team all-state baseball player and played on a state championship team for the Thorobreds in 2010.
He received an academic scholarship to UK where he started out in pre-med, worked as a medical intern for a year at NYU, and ended up with a degree in communications and a minor in biology.
After college, he wound up in Los Angeles working for one of the largest talent agencies in the world.
His next step will be to attend one of the most prestigious law schools in the world, the Harvard School of Law in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“It’s been a whirlwind the last few years, that’s for sure,” Fowler said from his job in Los Angeles. “I am overwhelmed with the support I have received from my friends and family in Cynthiana.”
So what led to a small-town boy like Shane Fowler to be admitted to one of the most well-respected law schools in the world?
“Probably the most important thing for me, was really working hard on my studies at UK and having a pretty solid GPA,” he said. “Plus the contacts I made in L.A. have really helped as well.”
Fowler said he changed career paths from medicine to communications to enhance his options of success.
He used a social network and on-line platform for professionals called LinkedIn to send out his personal information to a variety of entertainment-based professionals in Los Angeles.
“I guess I sent information to 30 or so different places, just trying to get my foot in the door in the entertainment industry,” he explained. “I got positive responses from a couple of those, but that’s all you need.”
He moved to Los Angeles and began work for Creative Artists Agency.
“Just like the movies, I started in the mail room, sorting mail,” he laughed.
Soon he was assigned as an aide to Angie Roe, CAA’s lead attorney responsible for the musical talent the agency represents.
He said Roe was responsible for the legal issues that went along with touring for artists like Beyonce, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.
“She was a very good mentor for me,” he said of his time working for Roe. “I couldn’t have been in a better place.”
Fowler said Roe encouraged him to go back to school and get his law degree.
“She didn’t have to tell me that, I knew I always wanted to go back to school,” he said.
Fowler began submitting applications to all the best law schools in the United States.
He was accepted by law schools at Duke, Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Columbia, Vanderbilt, Michigan and Harvard. He said he was ‘wait-listed’ at Virginia and Penn and he has not had a response yet from Stanford or Yale.
“I guess the positive is I was not rejected anywhere,” Fowler said. “I’m 98 percent committed to Harvard, though. I’m still keeping my options open, but if the housing situation and financial aid comes through like I think it will, Harvard is where I will wind up.”
He says law school at Harvard will be a three-year curriculum, followed by taking the bar exam.
“I’ve never been to Boston, much less Cambridge, so everything will be really new and really fresh for me there,” he said. “But you know, when I went to L.A. I didn’t know a single person out there and I made some of the most amazing friends. So this doesn’t worry me at all.”
Always proud of his accomplishments in the classroom, Fowler sees nothing changing when he begins law school in late August.
“I will do everything in my power to get through in three years,” Fowler said. “Right now, I think I’d like to end up back in L.A. working in the entertainment industry. I’ve made a lot of contacts there and feel like I would fit in well there, although my family wants me to come back to Kentucky.”
Fowler is the son of Bobby and Johnetta Fowler of Cynthiana, and has other aunts and uncles close by.
“I could see myself coming back home and trying to make a difference,” he said. “Right now, I just want to keep my options open. You know the class of 2011 at HCHS has done some amazing things. I just want to reiterate how grateful I am of the support I have received from my hometown. This is a great personal accomplishment that I hope my family and the people of Cynthiana are proud of, but it’s not the only thing coming from Cynthiana that should be inspiring others.”
Fowler mentioned some high school classmates that he remembers fondly as having success stories of their own.
“Just within my HCHS graduation class, Annastasia Hicks went on to complete her undergraduate degree at Centre and has moved back to Cynthiana, where she has made actual changes and improvements to our town, the last time we spoke she was working on a Cynthiana dog park. Julie Henson Hines, following graduation, went on to Georgetown College, after her time there, she was accepted into UK’s Pharmacy school and is now a licensed pharmacist. Finally, Stacy Riggle has worked tirelessly, often multiple jobs, to save enough money and is now courageously traveling the world. These are all inspiring stories that highlight the big things that can happen by people from small towns. I want the people of Cynthiana to know there are more inspiring stories out there that don’t involve Harvard Law School.”