What have you been doing since 8th grade?
After graduation from St. Joseph Catholic School, I attended Rice Lake High School and enjoyed participating in several sports. I was a three-sport athlete in high school. I graduated in 2019 and decided to pursue the Marines. I attended my first boot camp June 23rd of 2019 and graduated from that boot camp in October 2019. I went to San Diego for combat training and then pursued school at Twenty-Nine Palms – the proud host of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center which is the world’s largest Marine Corps training base.
In March 2020, I was transferred to Camp LeJeune in North Carolina and the following February (2021). I was deployed with the Marine Expeditionary Unit. I visited seven countries while deployed. In September of that year, I returned to the United States.
This one is easy: Math! I was glad to have been taught by Mrs. Christie Nielsen, who still currently teaches at SJS. She always pushed me to reach my full potential, and I’m glad to say that I really do use math every day!
How has your faith guided you?
My faith has helped me deal with things that I couldn’t be home for while I was away in the military. My grandma passed away while I was deployed as well as my girlfriend’s mother. It was difficult to be away from family during these times. I was so glad to have my faith to guide me and keep me looking forward. My faith has also helped me when I couldn’t be in contact with people from home or let them know where I was when I was deployed.
Advice for current students?
My advice is simple: set goals and follow through. Do what is needed to reach those goals.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Graduating boot camp & reaching the level of Corporal while on deployment.