Jake Nelson is an athlete and a scholar.
The Marcus High School senior is a receiver on the football team and a member of the National Honor Society, and said he cannot imagine his life any other way.
“I just like to stay busy,” Nelson said. “I don’t really like to stand still and sit around. Whenever opportunities present themselves, I like to take advantage of them. I feel like if I pass on an opportunity, there could be something that I’m really going to miss out on.”
Nelson is also a member of the math honor society Mu Alpha Theta and the Senior Class Vice President for the Student Council.
The Marcus student, who has not yet decided where he will attend college, said that he does have a pretty good idea about what he wants to do when he grows up for a living.
“My dad owns his own company, and I have been inspired by that,” Nelson said. “I would like to be a future business owner. I plan to study business in college. I’m not exactly sure what I want to do, but I think following in my dad’s footsteps would be a good thing.”
Nelson is also trying to get a part time job and completes community service hours for the clubs in which he is involved.
The Marcus student said there is a major issue affecting young people these days that he would like to see change.
“There are a lot of negative influences,” Nelson said. “As a whole, there is a lot of pressure put on young people, and I think people might shy away from what they would be capable of accomplishing.”
Nelson attends church regularly and said he had the good fortune to go on a mission trip this past summer to Quito, Ecuador.
“That was amazing,” Nelson said. “It was an awesome experience to see a country like that and kind of branch out and do something like that, it was unbelievable.”
Throughout his time at Marcus High School, Nelson said there are a number of things that have meant a lot to him.
“It’s all the experiences I have had over the years,” Nelson said. “The camaraderie at the school is amazing, the people, the teachers and the staff are top notch. It’s like no place else.”
Nelson’s grade point average is a 4.54 on a weighted scale.
Favorite Athlete: JJ Watt
Favorite Sports Team: Houston Texans
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Movie: Batman Trilogy
Favorite TV Show: Prison Break
Book Currently Reading: Lone Survivor
Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Whiskey Myers