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Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: James Diedrich

Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: James Diedrich
Posted on 05/28/2020
district logoTo help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.

James Diedrich, South Washington Alternative High School


What are your plans after high school?James Diedrich

After high school, I plan on going to Dakota county tech for the heavy-duty truck technology class. After that, I plan on continuing my job at Allstate Peterbilt as a diesel technician.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your school? Why?

The most important thing I’ve learned in school is to get the job done whatever it may be and to get it done right.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your school? Why?

The biggest challenge has been worrying too much about my future. when all you do is worry about things that haven’t even happened yet it’s really hard to focus on the day to day life.

What teacher has had the biggest impact on your educational journey?

The teachers that have really made the biggest impact on my life are David Kelsey from northeast metro 916, Katie Harmeyer from south Washington alternative high school and Mathew Maher from park high school.

David (Doc) Kelsey has helped me land a job that I have wanted for a very long time and helped me really dive into the world of diesels and the trucking industry, Katie Harmeyer has really helped me become a better person as far as my outlook on life and my attitude towards the world, and finally, Mathew Maher helped me get into engines and rebuilding small engines and knowing the inner workings of an engine.

With the current state of the world, what gives you hope?

The most important things that give me hope today are the people I have in my life. My friends and family give me more hope than anything or anyone else. Without them, I’m sure I would not be where I am today.