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A Step Above The future is coming, and if forward thinkers like Elon Musk and Gerd Leonhard are to be believed, the future is software and technology. West Career and Technical Academy senior Garrett Johns is prepped and on the cusp of joining this rogue wave, and proving he’s got the capacity to succeed. Enthusiasm for learning is what drives this aspiring techie, propelling him to grow in the fields of graphic design and video, excel in academics and work towards Eagle Scout distinction. Exploring new things to find obscure, yet simple truths and staying focused on the “big picture” keep him on the straight and narrow as he navigates his way to a bright future. For now, Garrett Johns is– A Step Above. G.P.A.: 4.7 Activities/Awards/Community Service: • The Drowsy Chaperone: Aldolpho, 2017 • All Shook Up: Dennis, 2017 • Into the Woods: The Baker, 2016 • Zion’s Youth Symphony and Chorus Member, 2017 • SkillsUSA Member, 2015-Present; Digital Cinema State Competition • DECA, 2014-2015 • Junior Class Secretary, 2016-2017 • Senior Class Secretary, 2017-Present • Straight A’s, 2014-Present • National Merit Semifinalist • Boy Scouts of America • Three Square Food Bank What area of tech do you see yourself focusing on post-high school? “I really want to focus in software or UX design, which focuses on the experience that a user has while using an applica- tion. I hope to use my skills well and make a change somewhere in this field.” How do you adapt to new situations and stay ahead of challenges? “I try not to get locked into one certain idea. Being flexible has allowed me to find new ways to solve my problems and look at them from different angles. I like to try to think of things in broad terms and how everything is connected. In this way, lots of things that seem disastrous are pretty insignificant in proportion.” Have you had any “life altering” experiences or moments? “One of my favorite experiences was when my family decided to help another with Christmas one year. My brothers and I had the chance to find gifts for this family and spread the joy of the holidays. When we dropped off their gifts and watched them open them, we all felt joy in helping others enjoy their Christmas. That really taught me to be humble and grateful for what I have in my life.” What is your favorite quote to live by? “’Good is the enemy of great; do not get complacent. Be thoughtful. You can make it great,’ by graphic designer Captain Twaz. While he was specifically talking about design, I think this principle applies to lots of aspects of life. Giving your best to show others you care will create amazing things if you take the time to be thoughtful about what you do.” November/December 2017 2018 Garrett Johns 41