"One of my favorite memories at Justin-Siena was in my Calculus Class...we had never learned how to solve a problem like this, but we had learned how to approach a problem. We had learned how to bounce ideas off of each other, how to work together and how to motivate the other to keep on going when the problem just felt too hard."
Middle School: Blue Oak School
College: Gonzaga University
What do you plan to study? mechanical engineering
Co-curricular Involvement at JS:
I am a member of Negative Kelvin (one of two robotics teams competing in First Tech Challenge-FTC) and have been since its founding in 2015. I am also an instructional leader. This is very similar to a teacher's assistant (TA), though I actually teach students individually and as an entire class.
Where would you be found on campus?
You will probably find me in the engineering room working with the 3D printer and teaching students in Intro to Engineering and Design or on senior lawn hanging out with friends.
What is your favorite JS memory?
Now, this is going to sound a bit (or very) geeky, and nerdy. But one of my favorite memories at Justin-Siena was in my Calculus Class. We were being given time to begin studying for the test we would have the following class, when our teacher put a problem up on the board and said he himself could not figure it out. Another student, my teacher, and myself all tried to work it out together. Some might think "well that is a waste, go study for your test", but as the three of us worked on this impossible problem, I realized just how prepared I was for college. The other student and myself had never learned how to solve a problem like this, but we had learned how to approach a problem. We had learned how to bounce ideas off of each other, how to work together and how to motivate the other to keep on going when the problem just felt too hard. Now I will admit, class ended before we could finish, but the atmosphere in that room as two students worked together and tried to learn by struggling and challenging ourselves showed me just how ready every member of the class of 2017 is for the future.
What is your favorite thing to do at JS?
My favorite thing to do at Justin-Siena is being an Instructional Leader. I really enjoy this because I get the chance to help out my school in a way very few people get to. It is one of the best ways to make an impact on my own community, because everything I do furthers another student's education. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to look at a class of 26 students, knowing that you have helped each and every one of them in some small way, and knowing that one day they will be the seniors leading the school.
Justin-Siena offers opportunities that are unavailable at so many other high schools, from an engineering department, to the robotics team, to amazing teachers. This is the best education in the valley.
Advice for JS Students:
Ask questions. Do not be afraid that an upperclassman will not want to help you, or that asking a teacher a question will make them think less of you. As both a senior and an instructional leader, I can tell you that asking questions will only bring you further in life and make school so much more enjoyable.
What one word best describes JS? FAMILY