by Lisa Johnson | MAT Business Education Instructor
As a teacher, I love hearing about my student’s aspirations and goals. When I first met Joshua, the first thing I learned is this young man loves to fish. However, at that time, I had no clue this young man already possessed a God given talent-Bass fishing.
With his parents’ permission, I felt the desire to send this in so others could see for themselves the talent this young man carries. His self-learning abilities, skills, and knowledge inclusive of his ability to produce and catch with homemade lures have simply amazed me. Even more, I am impressed and admire his continuous choice of always exercising “catch and release”.
With his passion in mind and upon completing high school in 2016, Joshua has a goal to attend college in pursuit of a degree in Wildlife Management.
I feel truly blessed to have met him and I would love nothing more than for him to be recognized for his talents in some way. Words simply cannot express how deeply proud I am of him and admire his abilities and talents as a young person today. His hobbies are inspiring his other classmates and friends to join in on the sport of fishing and fun.
When I asked Joshua VanValkenburg what his favorite fishing quote is, he sent me this: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Maimonides