What happened to Austin that I remember, you know that JEBMS kid who didn’t cause any waves and quietly did his own thing? He grew up, that’s what. And he still does his own thing – and that’s mostly some pretty awesome music, but he also likes a game of basketball, hanging with his dog Max, and playing Xbox with his friends.
I would not have recognized Austin Wallace. It’s a common occurrence, because when 8th graders leave us at JEBMS, they finish that amazing trip to adulthood in a hurry. But sometimes, it’s a complete change – and that’s Austin. Maybe saying complete change isn’t exactly correct – he’s still the same Austin that I remember – especially the respectful and kind person that he has always been. It just seems that overnight he became a senior and a young man instead of a kiddo walking our halls.
When he brought out that cool green guitar, Austin’s personality came flooding to the surface. I think it’s the coolest thing to watch when someone is in their element. Austin clearly loves music – everything from Christian Rock and Rap to Pop – and I’d bet if you came close to his house, quiet would be the last way you’d describe him when his fingers travel up and down the strings. And just maybe he’s playing his avorite song, “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Austin, you’ve always been an awesome young man, and I was honored to spend some time with you to get your senior year activities started. I hope that you have an amazing year, and that you never stop playing music and following your dreams. And if following those dreams takes you into the Navy- you’ll make a fantastic sailor. I know that everyone joins me in saying that where ever your path takes you, we wish you nothing but happiness and lots of success. Blessings, Pat