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.
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.