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2018 Senior Profile: Justin Amaker

What's one memory of high school you'll take with you?
I once got a flat tire in the parking lot at the high school so I had to change it — with no prior knowledge of vehicles beyond getting in one and driving it. Thankfully, somebody that did have a relatively decent knowledge in cars helped me out in changing the tire. While the memory of actually changing the tire wasn’t super good, the memory of that student that was willing to help me out in changing the tire is a good one that I’ll take with me.

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?
I have two​: ​Mr. Benson from Metcalf, because he was a teacher I could talk to about anything during my time there and he made math class more understandable and enjoyable — and Ms. Millea from BHS, because she was a teacher that truly cared about her students and always wanted the best for them. She made my English and journalism classes really fun.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I’m planning on going to the University of St. Thomas and studying communications and journalism. After college, I hope to work somewhere in the news industry as some sort of a journalist.

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?
I was the editor-in-chief of the BHS student newspaper, The Voice, as well as being an intern in the district’s communications department this year. Both of these things together helped me out in writing, editing, news gathering, and time management skills — which are skills that journalists need to know.

What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?
Doing my fair share of extracurriculars along with six classes a day, juggling all the work together for those things was definitely a challenge for me — but that taught me how to manage my time wisely, and now I’m ​really good at working under pressure!

How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?
I definitely became a more mature person and was able to discover my true interests as to what I really wanted to do. Four years ago, I would have never guessed that I wanted to be a journalist.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?
I’ve had a passion for journalism and telling the stories of others to the public​ for a while now​, and I believe journalists are really important people in this society. I’m excited to be working as a journalist, or working somewhere in the news field, in my future.

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?
Take classes here that you know will help you in your future, and participate in things beyond your six and a half hour day at BHS. Attend sporting events, go to social functions such as school dances and prom, and just have fun. It goes by really fast, so make the most of it!

See more Senior Profiles

To celebrate members of the Class of 2018 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 4. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 16:26