Salutatorian always loved electricity
COLLEGE: Texas A&M University
WILL STUDY: Electrical engineering
SUMMER PLANS: Will participate in the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in Casper, Wyo.
Getting ready to be on his own soon, domestic skills top Jacob Motl's agenda.
"I've been doing my own laundry for a while now, just to practice," the Memorial High School senior said. "I've learned how to cook for a while now, so I think I'll make it."
Jacob, this year's salutatorian, will join his two older siblings at Texas A&M University in the fall, and will study electrical engineering.
He's been interested in electricity since he was a kid, he said.
"Ever since I did my elementary school science fair project, I always did it on electricity," he said. "I've always been interested in circuits and electricity."
Throughout high school, Jacob was involved in the school band, where he played the tuba and participated in the wind ensemble.
David Edge, MHS band director, said Jacob has been a role model for other students in the band.
"Jacob has been an amazing blessing of our program, both as an individual and his service to the band as brass captain over all the brass leadership," Edge said. "He is also an amazing player and has been part of the top wind ensemble for four straight years."
Like in band, where each day is spent learning how to march to a new song or spent learning to play a new song, Jacob trained himself to get his school projects done a little each day.
This way, there's no rush to cram or wait until the last minute, he said.
"If I have a while for a project, I'll just do a little bit at a time and I'll get it done by the due date," he said. "That way there's not a week where I have to continually work."
Though his parents say they will miss him while he's away at college, they are happy he is pursuing his dreams.
"We are very excited that he excelled academically, and we honestly did not expect him to achieve the things he has academically," said his mom, Pam Motl. "We're thankful he's reached his goal and is going onto college. Hopefully, that will take him far in engineering, because he enjoys math and has a natural aptitude for it."