Nicholas considers himself very fortunate to have been a part of TPS these past few years. The challenging classes, combined with the absolutely amazing summer camp, have made it the best school experience he has ever had. Most, if not all, of this was due to the influence of the people he met along the way. In particular, Nick would like to thank one of the best teachers of all time: Mr. Riesen. His chemistry class was the most difficult, yet fun, class Nick had ever taken. Outside of school, Nicholas has been an avid target archer and semi-avid distance runner most of his life. However, he enjoys nothing more than fighting with his friends, whether it be wrestling, air soft or video games. Of all the values his parents have taught him, the ones he holds most dear are faith in God, honesty, hard work, and loyalty. Now that high school is almost over, Nicholas will enlist in the United States Army with the intent of being an Airborne Ranger.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The job I wanted to be most was an engineer. I had all sorts of ideas about how to make things I couldn’t get, like Iron Man suits and flying cars. I would spend hours of my days working out the problems with each in my head. That changed about 4 years ago, though, when my intentions to jump start my career by making a small jet engine were (thankfully) squashed due to obvious safety concerns. My engineering hopes went away shortly after.
Favorite Bible Verse:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
The great commission has a particular impact on me, specifically in this translation, for two reasons. First, there is kind of a Lord of the Rings cool factor about Jesus saying “age.” Second, this verse has a command — to go out and spread the gospel until a time that hasn’t come yet. I take this as a wake up call in my life of conformity to the world, that God is with me, urging me to teach others about Him.
Marcus Aurelius said “that death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.” Although this is a secular quote, I think it goes along with Biblical directives to not be anxious or worry about things outside of your control. Plus, it’s a really cool quote.