SOW: Zach Martinez November 11, 2008

Gets serious? Get real. GJHS senior is Mr. Laid Back of yearbook staff

Grand Junction High School senior Zach Martinez is on the school’s yearbook staff and our student of the week.

SOW Zach Martinez of Grand Junction.

Zach Martinez will put a smile on your face that will most likely return the grin on his.

He couldn’t give a serious expression for his senior picture, Martinez said, and he may joke about asking others to do his work.

He’s “Mr. Laid Back,” said Jean McFadzen, yearbook adviser at Grand Junction High School. He’s a leader who can “calm people down,” she said.

Occasionally, he can get some work done, too, she joked.

“Yearkbook is fun,” said Martinez, a senior at Grand Junction High School. “It can be stressful, though, trying to meet deadlines.”

Martinez joined the yearbook staff as a junior and decided to stay on for another year as designer and senior pages editor.

Martinez is also an officer in Grand Junction High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society and is involved in raising money for the El Pomar Youth Community Service organization.

“But I’m not a very good writer,” Martinez said. “I’m more of a math and science guy.”

Martinez said he would like to pursue a chemical engineering degree at either Stanford University,
Bucknell University or Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.

Politics wouldn’t be bad either, Martinez said, but he identifies himself as unaffiliated, so “no one would vote for me.”

Martinez said he would like to get involved in research and development opportunities, and he spent the past summer at a research and development internship at Materia Inc. in California testing plastics.

His parents are Grand Junction natives, Martinez said, and he has lived in the town his entire life.

“So, I want to go out of state,” he said “I’m excited to leave Grand Junction but not excited to leave Grand Junction.”

Martinez said he has a large, tight-knit family and attends Grand Junction High School with several cousins and his younger sister.

His family gets together for family games of football and volleyball, Martinez said, and his grandfather is helping him with college applications .

“He’s very excited for me to go to college because my brother didn’t,” he said. “I am very close with my mom, too. She is very important in my life.”

GPA: 3.9

Parents: Richard and Michelle

Preferred college: Stanford, Bucknell or Carnegie Mellon

Where he sees himself in five years: going to a prestigious graduate school for chemical engineering

Favorite music: “I wish I had time for music,” he said.

Favorite TV show: “House” and “NUMB3RS”

Personal hero: His mother

Why?: “She has been there for everything,” he said. “She is the ultimate support system.”

I’m most proud of: Getting my driver’s license


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