Joseph Hillstrom

Indian Trail High School and Academy

Nickname: Joey

Parents: James and Julie Hillstrom

Most memorable high school moment: My most memorable high school moment would have to be attending Badger Boys State. At this weeklong camp, I was able to take part in a breathtaking experience, with people I had never met but ended up becoming some of my lifelong friends.

Most influential teacher: Marla Day

Class taught: AP United States History, AP Government and Politics

Please explain why: Mrs. Day has helped me so much as a student and person. She has challenged me as a student to work hard and has helped me find joy in learning. Her classes kept me focused yet interested, which wouldn’t have been possible without her instruction and direction. Both of my classes with her were the classes I looked forward to the most, and often retained the most content. Being in Model United Nations with her went along the same lines; I made some of my most memorable and joyful moments while growing as a person and student. My time with her guidance and aid has shaped me and given me many opportunities I am very appreciative of.

School activities/clubs: Badger Boys/Girls State

School athletics: Tennis

School offices held: President of Model United Nations

Honors, letters or awards: AP Scholar with Honor; Prospective National AP Scholar; KUSD School Ambassador; Academic Honor Roll; placed second in conference and sectional for varsity tennis; selected AP Government presidential candidate; Badger Boys State alumni

Out-of-school activities/hobbies: USTA tennis; Club tennis

College choice: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Intended major/field of study: Industrial engineering

Role model: Elon Musk

Three words that best describe my role model: Innovative, driven, bright

What I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: In my lifetime, I hope to make a positive impact on others through my profession and lifestyle. As an industrial engineer, I hope to set a precedent of efficient systems that are environmentally friendly, to help combat climate change and inspire others to go green. As a person, I hope to bring happiness and serenity to anyone in my life by being someone who reminds people that they are never alone, because they have my devoted presence to help them through any time, someone who shares their experiences and is with them for life.