Although Jake has gone to six school districts in twelve years, this “military brat” is looking forward to graduating from Air Academy High School this spring. Having lived in Japan, England, Washington DC, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and now Colorado Springs, Jake has seen much of the world. Missouri is his favorite, however, because that is where most of his family lives, and where he considers home.
Jake is very academically focused and hopes to study biology or an engineering discipline in college. His college of choice? He’d love to go to Duke! After college he is considering medical school. Jake is in National Honor Society and received his Eagle Scout in 2017.
Jake is on the “Rocky Mountain Robotics” team with District 20, where he is involved with the engineering and programming departments. His team has been to State, Regionals and even Nationals. He is also on the “Knowledge Bowl Team” at Air Academy, which he describes as being like the game show “Jeopardy”.
Over the summer Jake worked in the maintenance department for an assisted living facility in Missouri and was responsible for cleaning HVAC’s. Last spring when Missouri flooded, Jake volunteered to help the farmers with sandbagging the levies to prevent breaching. In North Carolina he helped renovate portions of the Humane Society; specifically the cat quarantine area and maintenance shed.
It’s not all work and no play for Jake in the southern part of the United States, however, as this is where Jake can really unwind and engage in his favorite hobbies of camping, fishing and hunting. And North Carolina is where he got his rescue dog (from the East Carolina Humane Society), an Irish Wolfhound mix named Shamus.
After graduation next spring, Jake hopes to go back and visit Japan with his family as this is where he started kindergarten and his love for academics began.
Wendy Schicktanz is a Certified Professional Photographer living in Colorado Springs. She is the owner of Captured Moments Photography which specializes in photographing high school seniors, families, children and boudoir. To view more of her award winning images visit her website at Captured Moments Gallery