Leadership, studies germain to Josh

Mountain View senior eyes George Fox and career in athletics

By Megan Kehoe / The Bulletin

Published Oct 30, 2013 at 05:00AM

It's not always easy to find Josh Germain.

On any given day, the Mountain View High School senior could be out running a 5K, singing off-campus with the school's jazz choir or going on a retreat with the student leadership club to discuss the school's future.

But no matter where his busy schedule takes him throughout the week, he can always be found Thursdays in the school's band room. Josh won't miss his weekly Bible study group for anything.

“I started going to Bible study and church more my junior year, and I just felt like there was a big message for me,” Josh said. “Something was pulling on my heart.”

Josh, 16, is a leader in practically every activity he's involved in. And that's no easy feat, considering he's almost always on the go. In school, he participates in cross country, nordic skiing, track and field, jazz choir, student leadership and Bible study club. Outside of school, he volunteers with his church regularly.

In the last few years, church and his Bible study group, Found, have taken a spotlight role in his life. Josh wasn't always so dedicated to his religion, he said, but since his junior year, his belief in God has seeped into every aspect of his life. Josh is now a leader of his Bible study group and a youth leader at Westside Church. This past summer, he participated in a local church mission, helping feed the hungry at Bethlehem Inn and conduct a canned food drive.

“It's made me realize that I have a lot to give the world — and to other people,” Josh said.

Aside from his work with Found and his church, Josh participates in sports year-round. He started running competitively two years ago, running cross-country and the 1,500-, 3,000- and 5,000-meter events in track and field.

“I feel really free when I'm running,” Josh said. “I'm able to find my own zone and leave everything else behind.”

Goals for cross-country this year include shaving a minute off of his 5K time.

In terms of academics, Josh takes AP classes and studies hard to maintain his 4.2 GPA. His teachers say that aside from his incredibly strong work ethic, he's a remarkably appreciative and polite student.

“He actually used to thank me regularly for teaching him,” said Jill Ballantyne, Josh's Spanish teacher. “I've been teaching since 1986, and that's really the only time that a student has thanked me regularly like that. It's always stood out in my mind.”

And while Josh might seem like a very serious student, he also has another side to him, Ballantyne said. In jazz choir, he's hard to miss, even in a crowd of 30 students.

“I'm very animated when I'm up there,” Josh said. “I love dancing.”

Josh, a leader of the bass section in jazz choir, choreographs all the moves for the group.

He said he gets strong leadership abilities from his upbringing.

“I feel like my parents brought my brother and me up in a way so that we have the personality and drive to not only get things but to bring others along,” Josh said. “My mom taught us to have a good work ethic, and rather than being cocky or full of yourself, to be a person that others want to follow.”

In terms of his future, Josh already has a pretty good idea of what he wants to do. He wants to attend George Fox University and combine his love of sports and psychology in a career of helping athletes meet their goals.

He also wants to be a pastor at a church one day and wants to get a minor in ministry at George Fox.

Ballantyne said that because of Josh's positive attitude and work ethic, the sky's the limit when it comes to his potential.

“He's the kind of kid who can do whatever he wants to because he believes in himself and he's not afraid to fail,” Ballantyne said. “He doesn't give up.”

Josh Germain, 16

Mountain View High school senior

Activities: cross country running, nordic skiing, track and field, student leadership, bible study, youth leader at Westside Church.

Favorite TV Show: “The Walking Dead,” “Glee.”

Favorite Music: Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser

Hobbies: volunteering, working with animals, traveling, fly boarding