Joseph Fournier is an eighth grader at St. Thomas the Apostle. He is the Student Council President and also leads the weekly school Rosary on Fridays. He is a member of the National Junior Honors Society, as well as an Honors math and science student. Joseph is a Black Belt Tae-Kwon-Do and on the St. Thomas the Apostle eighth grade football team. He is a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 340, as well as the Troop’s Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
Q. How did you become involved in student government? What are your primary responsibilities as the student body President at St. Thomas?
A. I’ve run for Student Council before, but have never been elected. Since my mother is the Art teacher, I have always had a unique behind the scenes view of how the school works. I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to the school through service and through my Boy Scout Troop, which I am a leader in. These experiences have helped to get me interested in peer leadership. When it was time for Student Council elections last year, I was motivated to run for President and won. As President, I lead weekly Student Council meetings, make speeches according to the occasion, and lead the School Rosary every Friday morning. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity so far, and I look forward to the rest of the year.
Q. Being a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, you’re clearly well trained! Can you tell me a bit about how it became such a major part of your life?
A. I began Tae-Kwon-Do in fourth grade as a white belt, and I continued with it through my black belt. I always enjoyed the sport, but I stopped this year and am now on the school’s football team.
Q. What is entailed in being a Life Scout in your Boy Scout Troop?
A. I am not only a Life Scout, but I am Troop 340’s Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. I have been a Scout for eight years, and have always been heavily involved with the Troop, serving as a Patrol Leader last year and the ASPL this year. I help to lead the meetings and to plan the campouts, and I have always enjoyed my part in the Troop.
Q. What are your favorite hiking/ camping spots?
A. Our summer camp, Camp Geronimo, is a beautiful area with pine trees and a great camp staff. Another of my favorites is Willow Canyon, which has some ancient Indian cave paintings.
Q. I’m told that you’re a well-rounded honors student. Do you have a favorite subject?
A. It’s hard to choose. Religion has always been a favorite, and this year I have really enjoyed my Honors Algebra class with Mrs. Zeches.
A. I have never really had a problem, since I usually have time throughout the day for most of them.