Joshua Mortenson

John Dickinson School

Nomination Statement

“As a member of the IB Diploma Programme, Josh has challenged himself with the highest level of rigor available and has succeeded in every sense. The word that first comes to mind when describing Josh is balanced. Not only has he successfully balanced school and life, but his hobbies cover many areas including music, nature, making movies and serving others. Josh truly loves to learn and has a naturally inquisitive disposition. His work for others includes volunteering at the Ashland Nature Center and in his tireless efforts for the Kind to Kids Foundation.”

“Since elementary, nothing about learning has come easy to me. I was always holding the class back and struggling to even keep focused. But the only thing that has changed since then is my perspective. The only thing holding me back was the fear that I was not good enough to succeed. But I’m not afraid anymore. I’m not afraid because of all the teachers, mentors, and friends who saw what I could be. What I am now.”