Scholars in the Spotlight: Building a foundation for success, John Kurtz wins Tech Ed award

For Jonathan Kurtz, technology education has become a huge part of his life. He traces that influence to one individual, his teacher for Wood Tech II, Mr. Adrian Baker.
John Kurtz was named Burrowes Scholar
for technology education

"In Wood Tech II," Kurtz reflects, "we got to choose our own projects."

This opportunity for independence led him to enjoy the course.

Baker recalls that Kurtz took on projects far more advanced than many of his peers, such as a complicated desk that took more work than initially Kurtz anticipated, but that he worked hard to finish.

That tenacity and drive to learn sets Kurtz apart.

"John has been a pleasure to work with during his time in my classes," Baker says. "He is always polite and asks good questions. John's hard work and dedication have allowed him to create some excellent projects."

Kurtz finds freedom in wood tech that he does not necessarily find elsewhere; in tandem with the opportunity to have fun building and working with his hands, it is no surprise he so thoroughly enjoys the courses he has taken in the department.

"It's a good way of learning when you get to choose your own material," he says.

As far as other interests, Kurtz plays percussion in the concert, marching, and jazz bands, and has some experience with the piano and guitar as well. He does not have any specific plans after graduation other than attending college and definitely pursuing his passion to build in some way.

This is the sixth article in an series featuring each of the high school recipients of the Burrowes Scholar award, which is given to one student in each subject area who demonstrates academic excellence in that subject. For more articles, visit this page. The series is coordinated by senior staff writer Mackenzie Miller, a three-time Burrowes Scholar herself.

--Logan Emmert, Reporter

Edited: BP

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