Five Questions: Technical student looks to future in construction engineering

Brandon Paykamian • Mar 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM

For years, Josh Reynolds has had an interest in building things and seeing the results of his labor come together. 

Reynolds, 18, says he plans to attend East Tennessee State University in the fall to study construction engineering technology after completing construction courses in Science Hill High School’s Career and Technical Education, or CTE, program. 

Reynolds recently spoke with the Press to tell us more about himself, his interests and his goals, starting with some fast facts. 

Fast Facts:

Grade: Senior

Favorite musicians: John Mayer or Cody Johnson

Favorite food: Steak

Dogs or cats: Dogs

Favorite historical figure: Thomas Edison

What do you like most about the CTE program at Science Hill? 

My favorite part of studying in the CTE would be hands-on learning. For people like me who struggle to pay attention in a normal class, it's very helpful to be able to come in and not only learn hands-on but be taught something that can turn into a career.

What got you interested in construction? 

I took architecture, and I really enjoyed it, but I wanted to be able to build projects start to finish and see something being made from scratch. Seeing something you've built with your hands really gives you a special sense of pride that I really enjoy.

What do you think makes your school and district in general unique?

I think we have extraordinary CTE instructors, and we are fortunate enough to have great facilities to be able to learn as much as we possibly can.

What do you think are the biggest challenges students face? 

I think students are pressured into finding a career path at such an early stage in their life. People expect you to find a career and stick to it but in reality, it can change so many times. The welding teacher at Science Hill, Brent Sluder, has a quote that I really like. "Find something you love and chase after it like it's the air you're breathing."

Who is your biggest inspiration in life?

I have four big inspirations in my life. My mom, Valerie Rutherford, for teaching me how to stick through the tough times and if you're gonna be a part of something, be all in. My dad, Bob Reynolds, for teaching me that no matter who it is, treat everyone with the respect that you feel you deserve and to just overall be kind. Brent Sluder, the welding teacher, and Robert Tester, the construction teacher, for teaching me how to build things with my hands and teaching me overall life lessons on how to be a man and take pride in your work. 

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