Venture Scouts, Future Farmers of America, speech, building robots, and computer games. For Turlock High School senior Grant England, this is life.
Grant has been in Boy Scouts since he was 5 years old. In February of this year, he received his Eagle Scout rank after completing a beautification project at the junior high school he attended. Now, he is part of what is called Venture Scouts. This is a group connected with Boy Scouts, but includes both boys and girls.
"I grew up with a lot of the kids that are in it," he said. "I (really enjoy it because I) love being in nature."
Along with Venture Scouts, Grant has been involved in FFA for the past few years.
"I joined it because I grew up in the country," he said. "My brother was a part of it, and my parents were involved in it."
Through his involvement during the past three years, England has made a picnic table, showed chickens, and raised a steer. He is considering participating in the upcoming county fair, and showing animals, too.
Though he loves the outdoors, England is also very active in his school's speech and debate teams. "I do what is called Congress Debate," he said. "It's one of the reasons I'm into political science. I love beating someone with an argument."
Another one of England's activities is making robots as part of a class and club at Turlock High School.
"(It is) a lot of shop work (and) physics. We build robots to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge," said England.
Grant maintains a grade point average of 3.7 while attending an AP English class. He is "very into computer games, especially World of Warcraft.
In September, England plans to go to the University of California at Santa Cruz and major in political science. He thinks he might want to go on to law school.
"I have this big dream of becoming a politician," he said.
HOBBIES: Reading, computers, camping and video games
FAMILY: Parents Robert England and Susan Stafford England; brother Ben, 20
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: My mom because she's really pushed me to be successful in life. If it weren't for her I wouldn't be doing what I am now.
LAST BOOK I READ FOR PLEASURE: "Jail Bird"
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "House"
FAVORITE MOVIE: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
FAVORITE BANDS: Nonpoint, Shinedown, and Finger Eleven
BIGGEST FEAR: Heights. I can't even go on the little climber walls.
WHAT I WOULD TELL THE PRESIDENT: I would ask him if he's realized what he's done in his presidency. Were they his own choices or was he controlled by lobbyists?
ADVICE FOR KIDS: Don't stress about everything at once. Take one thing at a time.
ADVICE FOR ADULTS: Remember that what you do makes the world your children will live in.
WHERE I'LL BE IN 10 YEARS: I'll either be done with law school and a criminal lawyer or getting my PhD.