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A Step Above Any way you crunch them, the numbers are adding up for West Career and Technical Academy senior Jacob Strong. Listening, patience, determination and self-motivation are among the qualities that contribute to his continual growth as a student, friend and well-rounded individual. His ability to self-guide and manage time are right up there, too. Above and beyond his academic excellence and will to succeed, there’s also a kind-natured person willing to offer guidance to friends in need and use his talents to work in service to others. For all this and more, Jacob Strong is well on his way to “most likely to succeed” status, and is definitively– A Step Above. Clubs/Activities/Community Service: • National Honor Society Member, 2015-Present; Treasurer, 2017-2018 • DECA Chapter, 2014-2017; VP Publicity, 2015-2017; State Career Development Conference, 2016; Leadership Conference, 2015 & 2016 • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Member, 2014-2016 • WCTA Accounting Department Representative for Magnet Open House, 2016 • Tenor Saxophone, 2011-2014 • Math Tutor, 2014-2016 • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE), 2016-2018 • Assistance League Assisteens Member, 2016-2018 • Smiles for Survivors, 2014-2015 Awards/Certifications: • WCTA Student of the Year–Business and IT, 2017 • National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence, 2016 • IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, 2016 • VITA/TCE Tax Preparer Basic, Advanced, Military and International Certification, 2016-2018 • Harvard University Information Technology Summer Program, 2018 • Georgia Institute of Technology National Youth Leadership Forum, 2016 • Digital Media Academy (DMA), 2012-2015 • DMA App Development for iPhone and iPad (Harvard University), 2014 • DMA Java and Forge Programming (UCLA), 2015 Where do you see yourself in 10 years? “In 10 years, I see myself with an MBA working in Accounting and Finance for a company I am passionate about in Austin, Texas. I have wanted to live in Austin for quite a few years, as it feels as comfortable as a home to me.” You’ve been pulling double duty. How’s that working out? “I am the only senior who is double majoring in Business and IT. This has allowed me to find my passion in accounting and finance, as well as my hobby of working with computers and electronics. This has also led me to apply and be accepted to co-run my Accounting 3 class as a senior, where I will be teaching students how to pre- pare and file tax returns.” You have courageously dealt with anxiety. Can you share your experience? “It started in my soph- omore year and has since been an issue. I have learned how it affects my current mental and physical state and how to avoid anxiety attacks in certain situations. I reached out for help when I felt I couldn't deal with it on my own. The most important thing that I learned from dealing with anxiety is that you have to do things for yourself before you can bring happiness to those around you.” Does anyone inspire you? “I look up to my Grandpa Jordan, because he always brings our entire family together, keeping us connected with one another and showing us enjoyment in life. He has had a difficult battle with cancer, yet he continues to be positive and reminds us not to take things for granted and to love one another.” September/October 2017 2018 Jacob Strong 41