Jump named November YPA winner

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By Carrie Poe

The Youth Performance Award winner for November is Josh Jump, a senior at Williamstown High School.

Jump, 17, is the son of Carolyn and Devon Jump of Dry Ridge.

His class schedule this year includes chemistry, government and economics, pre-calculus, anatomy, English and peer tutoring.

Anatomy ranks as Jump’s favorite class because it helps him prepare to be a physical therapist which he someday hopes to be.

“I want to major in physical therapy when I get to college and anatomy is a good little boost for me,” said Jump. “My dad used to work at an orthopedic center and I use to go in there and shadow him, that’s how I got interested in it. It was cool.”

Heleen Giesber, his anatomy teacher, is his favorite teacher.

“She is really nice and she gets through to me when she teaches,” said Jump.

Jump is involved with the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also on the varsity basketball team where he plays guard. He started playing basketball in his freshman year at Grant County High School but transfered to Williamstown High School his junior year.

Outside of school, Jump likes to hang out with his friends, going to see movies and playing Texas Hold’em. Mainly he likes “goofing off with my friends,” said Jump. He is also involved with his youth group at Knoxville Baptist Church in Dry Ridge.

Jessica Cull, a senior at Williamstown High School, nominated him for the YPA award for November.

“He is hardworking, he’s an athlete and he does well in school. I think that all those things make for a well-rounded person,” said Cull. “He was nominated because of his contributions to the school and for his academic success.”

After Jump graduates from high school he plans on going to college.

“I still haven’t decided what school yet but it is between Bellarmine in Louisville and Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati,” said Jump.

(The Youth Performance Award is co-sponsored by Performance Pipe and the Grant County News. The public is encouraged to nominate a deserving student. For more information on how to nominate someone call 824-3343.)