TPS Seniors 2018

Justin Phillips

Meet Justin Phillips!

Since he was a child, Justin has always dreamed of working in aviation. He loved going to airshows overseas and watching the space shuttle launches at Cape Canaveral. During his five years at TPS, Justin has learned so much from his tremendous teachers. As he reached higher levels of math and science, Justin decided that going into the field of Aerospace Engineering would be a great way to combine his love of aviation and math. This fall, Justin will be attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is 18 years old and currently lives on Hilton Head Island, SC. He has also lived in Romania, Hungary, South Africa, and Chile. Justin loves to learn. Whenever he is faced with a challenging problem or an interesting question, Justin loves to learn about it as much as he can. He also enjoys riding rollercoasters. He likes it so much he studies them and designs them in his free time. Sadly, no one has made any of his designs a reality–yet.

He also loves to play piano. Whenever Justin finishes his school or has a little extra free time, he can be found playing the piano. His favorite composers include Liszt, Chopin, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams. While he attends the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Justin hopes to continue his love of music and pursue a minor in music.

Without TPS, Justin would not be where he is today. He is very thankful for the fantastic teachers he has had over the years. Without Mrs. Huisman, he would not be the writer he is, and without Mrs. K, he would have never learned to love math. Mr. Middleton helped him pursue engineering and Mr. Hammer helped him pursue music. These are just some of the teachers that have made an impact on Justin’s life. Whatever the future holds, Justin looks forward to pursuing Aerospace Engineering and could have never done it without TPS.


Favorite quote:

Justin’s favorite quote is, “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” – G. K. Chesterton. As a Christian, Justin thinks it is important to be God’s ambassador here on Earth. This does not mean conforming to it, but instead going against it in a respectful and Christlike way.


Advice to the younglings of TPS:

Pursue what you are interested in. Sure, you may not like every class you take, but, if you take some classes just for the fun of it, school will be a lot more exciting.


  1. William DeKryger

    I’m glad for you that you’re doing what you love. I know you’ll give it your all, so I’ll just say to stay close to God. He’s the one that’s going to sustain you though all that Calc 😉

    You’ve been a good friend and I hope you enjoy your time in college!

    • Justin Phillips

      Thank you very much Will. This means a lot to me. I cannot wait to see where God guides you in life. Thanks for being such a good friend.

  2. Justin, thanks so much for helping me through math this year and being an overall genius and a pretty great storyteller, too. Your playlist still makes my day sometimes. 🙂 see you in a few weeks (ahhh so excited, it’s been what, two years?)

    • Justin Phillips

      Thanks Rae. You are a great friend. It has been so long since I last saw you, and I cannot wait to see you again at camp.

  3. Fly high Justin, but stay grounded 🙂 Congrats!!

    • Justin Phillips

      Thanks for the advice Mr. Crosby. Don’t travel too far back in time; you might find you have more hair and end up less manly!!!

  4. Congratulations, Justin!

  5. Jonathan Reichenberger

    Евгения 😉

    Thanks for being a great friend! See you in a few weeks and I pray and hope you have an amazing time at UAH in the fall!

    • Justin Phillips

      Thanks Jon!! You are a fantastic friend and I love our fun and unique talks. I hope to keep up with you as you step into a future of your own.

  6. Джонатан ленивый мальчик; я давно собирался сказать тебе об этом.

    It’s been great getting to know you and being your friend man! See you in less than a month… if they put one of us in a different cabin I’m fighting someone ?

    Oh yeah, I’m supposed to be bawling at this point so, ?

    Best of luck at UAH!

    • Justin Phillips

      Thanks Barman. I cannot wait to see you at camp and continue our friendship into eternity. Also, while you are bawling, make some tea from your tears. It helps.

      Спасибо, мой друг

  7. Congratulations Justin!
    It was so much fun to meet you this year! I have enjoyed being in class with you. You are always are so energetic. Thanks for teaching me about Orlando Bloom. (yeah….I had to look up his name for that again….you tried though!! No one can teach me stuff like that Justin, but thanks for giving me the chance. But I will give you a round of applause because I at least remembered he was part of Lord of the Rings. Lol.)
    I know you are going to ace college. I am so happy for you.

    • Justin Phillips

      Thank you so much Rebecca. It has been fun teaching you about pop culture and laughing at all of Mr. C’s interesting rants. Have a great summer.

  8. Congrats on surviving, my dude =D

  9. It was fun getting to know you in class this year, Justin! I remember the first time i met you on GP5 & you told me that Croatia was your favorite country. I hope it still is. ;P I know you’ll go far! Will be praying!

    • Justin Phillips

      Thank you Grace. I remember that too. I still love Croatia as much as I did then.

  10. Hey Justin! :)) It was great getting to know you in Forensic Science this year (sorry this isn’t in Russian xD), and #justinephils xDD. Anyway, I hope you have a great time at UAH! :))

    • Justin Phillips

      Hey Allison. That is ok. I can read english a lot better. 🙂 Forensics was a great class this year. Thank you very much!

  11. Congratulations, Justin!
    Thanks for making the longest, most detailed scenario ever. It was actually pretty fun! I hope you make it to Russia one day.
    Also, you will never live Justine Phils down XD

    • Justin Phillips

      Thank you so much, Katya! I am glad y’all enjoyed the work I put into that scenario. Maybe someday I’ll make it there. 🙂 Justine Phils has a legacy of her own. xD

  12. Congrats Justin! I hope graduating treats you well!