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Joshua Ratcliffe

Joshua Ratcliffe, 17, lives in Harker Heights, attends Harker Heights High School as a junior.

What brought you to this area?

I have lived here my entire life. My parents came here because their parents were in the military.

Tell me about your family.

I have a sister who attends Harker Heights High also; she is a sophomore. My sister plays varsity softball. My beautiful mother teaches at Skipcha Elementary School. She taught me to have a drive to go to college and to care about school. My dad is very helpful around the house and very supportive. My dad works at Fort Hood National Bank. My mother’s name is Carol and Dad name’s is Terry and my younger sister’s name is Lindsey.

Where are you parents from originally?

My dad was born in Alaska and my mom was born in Germany. My parents were military brats, so they moved around a lot. The majority of both sides of my family are from this area.

Tell me about your academic achievements and awards.

I have been awarded the Academic Achievement Award every year. I have lettered in academics, I am a part of the National Honor Society and I am in the top 6 percent of my class.

I currently take all Pre-AP classes. I am trying to get college credits early so that I can be better prepared and advanced so when I go to college, I do not have to do all of that.

I am MVP for my baseball team, Grand Champion and Reserved Champion for showing chicken in Future Farmers of America group I am in.

My biggest award, though, was making it to the National Honor Society; it took a lot of hard work to get there. I made vice president of Future Farmers of America this year.

What do you like about Harker Heights High School?

I like the teachers. I think they prepare me very well for what I am going to face in college. I like the environment. I feel safe at Harker Heights High.

What is the last movie that you saw?

The last movie that I saw was “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” I saw this movie recently in the Harker Heights theater.

What was the last book that you read?

The last book that I read to be honest was my AP. world history textbook. I love history.

What is your favorite restaurant in Harker Heights?

My favorite restaurant in Harker Heights is Cheddars. I truly love their alfredo.

Where is your favorite place to shop at in Harker Heights?

My favorite place to shop at in Harker Heights is Target. I like the variety of everything that they have there.

What is your favorite color and why?

My favorite color is green. I like it because it reminds me of being outside. My family likes to travel. Green reminds me of the state parks, trees and camping. My parents have a camper and we travel a lot and see a lot in it.

What community work do you do?

I dedicated 25 hours helping the Harker Heights High staff to set up the school. I helped set up classrooms and more before school started.

With Future Farmers of America I help with fundraisers. For children who are in hospice, we delivered toys and food that we collected from the FFA club.

I do other small things around the community to help out when/where needed.

What is your favorite dish to make?

I don’t cook much but my favorite dish to make is scrambled eggs. They’re easy and quick.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?

Sometimes I overdo things, I’ve got to learn to not do that.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in history. I have been very set on attending this school since I was in middle school.

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