May 25, 2017
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Gunnar Johnson

Wilmot High School


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Nickname:

One Thumb

Parents:

Dave and Kaet Johnson, Trevor

Favorite class:

AP Literature

Most influential teacher:

Eric Morrow, Civil Engineering and Architecture

“He’s the teacher I have the best relationship with. Morrow actually reaches out to kids and really tries to make sure they understand and can apply what they’ve learned. He’s a no BS kind of guy, who also enjoys sarcasm and can give and take jokes. Basically, he’s not a stiff, and I appreciate that.”

Most memorable high school moment:

“Out of school? Definitely when I severed my thumb. Everything else really pales in comparison. Athletics-wise, probably when I won my first individual gold for triple jump. In school? I mean, I’ve fallen down the stairs a few times.”

School activities:

Academic Skills Challenge/Decathlon, National Honor Society

School athletics:

Baseball, basketball, football, track

Honors received:

Three-year letter winner, football; three-year letter winner, track

Out-of-school activities or hobbies:

Feed My Starving Children, Libertyville, Ill; volunteer referee for youth basketball, Lakewood Grade School; Pack Mule-First Christian Church

College:

Michigan Technological University, Houghton

Field of study:

Mechanical engineering/materials science

Career plans:

“Something where I can use my hands.”

Lifetime goal:

“It’d be great and all if I became famous and rich and lived the good life, but realistically, the odds are against me for that. Mostly, I want to be remembered for the relationships I built and how I affected people’s lives, hopefully in a positive way. That being said, I guess I wouldn’t say no to a Nobel Prize.”

Role model:

N/A

“I don’t really enjoy modeling my own actions after someone else. I know that there are many individuals out there, past and present, that would be great role models, but none of us are perfect, we all make mistakes. I’d rather do things my way. I may have similar traits to certain people, and adopt certain behaviors from them, but I don’t have a set role model.”

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