School: River Ridge High School, Lacey.
Parents or guardians: Bruce and Debi Carpenter.
Best personal achievement: Purchasing my own six-string electric bass.
How I spend my time: I’m involved in my school’s Taiko Japanese drum group, jazz band and pep band. I also enjoy being involved with South Sound Community Church’s youth group and playing Xbox 360 with my family.
Favorite subjects: Jazz band, advanced orchestra, concert band, physics and material science.
Favorite movie: Anything with Jackie Chan.
Favorite book: “The Night Angel Trilogy” by Brent Weeks.
Dream job: Industrial electrician.
Someone I respect: My dad.
The hardest part of being a student is: Kids who aren’t in school to learn and disrupt everyone else who is there for an education.
My future ambitions or career aspirations include: To become an industrial electrician, to play my bass in main church worship and form a Christian band.
Someone famous I would like to meet: Jackie Chan.
Someday, looking back on my life, I’ll be able to say: “I was very involved in music in high school, enjoyed every moment, and I went on a mission trip to San Francisco’s Tenderloin District helping to serve those in great need.”
Biggest challenge facing teenagers today: Lack of maturity.
One thing in the world I would change if I could: Religious persecution.
Nominated by: Carl Schlegel, material science teacher. He wrote, “Jacob always puts forth his best effort, enthusiastically and consistently. It doesn’t matter if it is a creative lab, a research assignment or a simple worksheet, I know he is always going to use that assignment or activity to maximize his learning. He is always in the door on time and pleasantly prepared to start the day.”