by Cori Hilsgen
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Justin Terhaar enjoys studying science and how things work. When he graduates he would like to get a degree in material science and work for a company such as 3M that allows him to develop new products.
Terhaar will be a sophomore at St. John’s Prep School in the fall. He is the 15-year-old son of Jody and Karl Terhaar and has one brother Jeremy, 19, and one sister Rachael, 11.
Facts about Terhaar:
Favorite subject: Science
“”I’ve always been inclined toward it and it allows me to see the finer points of how things work the way they do,” he said.
Favorite leisure activity: Lots of different things. He is involved with Knowledge Bowl, Nordic skiing and games club.
“My hobbies come and go,” Terhaar said. “However, drawing has been a fairly consistent interest of mine.”
Favorite music: Alternative
“It’s unique and different and it’s not mainstream,” he said.
Favorite movie: Princess Mononoke
“It was the first film directed by Miyazaki I ever saw and will always be my favorite work by him,” Terhaar said. “The soundtrack is also amazing.”
Favorite thing he likes to help other people do: Learn new things
Favorite restaurant and food: Terhaar’s favorite food is his mom’s coffee cake when it’s fresh out of the oven. His favorite restaurant is Fugi’s Steak House.
“I enjoy the sushi,” he said.
Something he would change if he could: The short-mindedness of today’s society
“Many of the things we do aren’t sustainable and there are many alternatives where the only downside is extra effort required in the short term,” Terhaar said.
Something he can do that many people can’t: He has double-jointed shoulders.
”It isn’t every day you get to see someone lick their elbow, which is what I can do,” he said.
What he would like to be doing five years from now: Attending college or working at an introductory job in the field of science.
The thing he likes best about St. Joseph:
“It’s a nice town where it’s small enough that you can get to know it,” Terhaar said.