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Q&A with John Bustamante, Highlands Ranch High School graduate


The first few years of high school I wasn’t involved too much, and that honestly was really big regret for me. But senior year I joined this class called ACE, which stands Alternative Cooperative Education. They did a lot of projects outside of the classroom. They partnered with Big Idea, which partners mentors with students to go out into the community and find a problem and try and solve it.

We actually just presented our final projects and made it to state. I ended up winning $250 worth of scholarship money. When I started getting more involved, things started to come out better for me.

What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why?

I’m not planning on going to college right after high school. I was planning on working and saving up money. After that I want to go to college and learn about sports nutrition or sports science. For me, it’s really enjoyable to watch and see how much science goes into an athlete’s peak performance. That would be nice, to be able to make money off of something I like to do.

What do you hope to accomplish in life?

I hope to leave the world better than I found it. I want to help a lot of people and be a good person and go out in my community. I feel like especially with the class, ACE, it taught me a lot of people aren’t performing to their potential because they don’t have people helping them. I can’t solve everything, but I can give people the support they need.

If I could do anything, it would be to…

Travel this next year. That would be pretty cool to take a whole trip around the globe. Especially because I don’t have anything to worry about at the moment.


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