Less than a week after receiving his GCSE results, the Blythe Bridge-born scholar was handed the opportunity to make his mark at senior level with a nine-minute run-out as a substitute in the Potters' 3-0 Capital One Cup second round win over Portsmouth on Wednesday.
Shenton slotted seamlessly into City's midfield and produced a performance that failed to surprise assistant manager Bowen.
"Olly is a boy and a player who brings a smile to everyone's face," revealed Bowen. "The players in the dressing room love him and the coaching staff have a very high regard for him because of the way he conducts himself.
"He's got a mature head on his shoulders. The way he approached the Portsmouth game considering he's only 16 was remarkable; he didn't hide, he wanted the ball, got shots on goal and took corners, even though he wasn't meant to.
"Knowing him like I do, he will have taken the experience in his stride. I don't think he'll be too excited by it all because he's a very level-headed lad."