Jacob is a transportation renaissance man. He is strong academically, good at working with his hands, has a bit of creative genius and is admired by his peers.
After finding success in his high school’s automotive program, Jacob dual-enrolled in a welding program. He is often in the shop an hour before school starts, stays through lunch, and spends several hours in the shop after school. He also finds time to run his own landscaping business and even hires his classmates to work on his crew.
Jacob’s contagious enthusiasm has inspired many underclassmen in his program who often take time just to watch him weld and work on cars. Jacob volunteers as an automotive teaching assistant and helps students with labs and during extended study. Many ask him to teach them or help with projects. Jacob has even been able to teach his instructors a few things about fabrication and welding.
Jacob is driven, and that drive has helped him overcome a recent long term hospitalization. With grit and tenacity he clawed his way back, and was able to join his class in displaying a vehicle at the 2022 Chicago World of Wheels. One hot rod fabricator was so impressed by Jacob’s work that he was offered an opportunity to join in on an upcoming project!
In their own words:
“I love welding because it makes me feel happy and relaxed," says Jacob. "I have a sense of freedom and happiness… [I] am inspired to be a welder because I love making my own products and fabricating [car] parts... and teaching new people how to do what I love. My career goal is to get welding certified and own my business after high school.”
Jacob credits his twin brother and fellow Category Winner (Motorsports) Joshua and his family with sparking his passion for welding, "My family has a project [car]... a '67 [Chevrolet] Camero that we have been slowly working on. That's where it all started... building that together as a family."