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Valley Heights Journalism - Colton Crook
Thursday, January 21, 2021

“You judge what you see in the mirror.” This paraphrased quote from Lil Wayne is something that inspires Jackson O’Toole. "You decide how people perceive you. But in reality, the only person that can truly judge you is yourself." Jackson O’Toole was born November 18, 2002. When asked what a driving force in his life was, Jackson replied “My family and friends by far. It’s hard to pinpoint one person when I’ve had a whole group of people help me through life”. Throughout high school, Jackson has been involved in many activities such as: Journalism, The All-School Play, FFA, KAY’s, Scholars Bowl, Robotics, Forensics, FCCLA, Band, Basketball, Football, and Track. 

Jackson holds a great importance over friendship and happiness, “I want to be remembered as the guy who could make you happy or make you smile. I want to be remembered as the guy you could call at 2am if you had a flat tire. Mostly, I want to be remembered as a great friend.” Along with this he states that his ideal Friday night would be, “Hanging out with the boys and being able to see all of my friends have a good time.”

After high school Jackson plans on enlisting in the United States Air Force and getting an education while serving his country. His advice for younger kids is best put as, “Make your experiences count. Don’t take anything for granted. Live life without any regrets.” When asked where he sees himself in 10 years he said, “I don’t see myself anywhere in particular. I want to enjoy life and surround myself with some great people.”