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Senior Spotlight: Jacob Martensen

On June 14, 2005, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE, Dave and Kristi Martensen welcomed their first and only son, Jacob Lee Martensen, to their family.

Jacob has one sister, Hannah Martensen. Jacob’s grandparent is Lorna Martensen, who lives outside of Humphrey, NE. Rounding out his family are his two pets, Kassey, a dog, and Penelope, a rabbit. 

Throughout Jacob’s high school career, he has been involved in FFA for four years, and he recently earned his FFA State Degree.  He was also involved in One-Act for three years, where he won the Best Tech Crew member award at Conference, and the team won Best Tech Team at districts.  He was also involved in journalism for one year.  

Jacob’s favorite class in school is any ag class, He enjoys working on projects in the shop. His favorite movie is Baby Driver/Ford vs. Ferrari, his favorite TV show is the Full Speed Nascar documentary and The Walking Dead. He also loves to sing along to the song “Hold the Line” by Toto. His favorite sports team is the Hendrick Motorsports teams. He also loves to eat homemade Runzas and watch Chase Elliott race his car.  

Outside of school you can find Jacob working at Went Show Goats.

After graduating high school, Jacob plans to attend the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis majoring in Diversified Agriculture and also do a welding program as well. After that, he wants to figure out possible job opportunities and possibly find an ARCA team to race for. He also sees himself in 10-15 years maybe racing in the Cup Series representing Nebraska. 

If Jacob won the lottery, he would try to buy some land with a house on it, and try running a small farm, probably cows and maybe goats. He would also buy a new truck and a Can Am Outlander 650 or 850 ATV. 

If Jacob could travel anywhere in the world, he would visit the Cotswold or somewhere in the UK and visit farms there. He said he would love to see how other farmers run their farms and compare it to ours.

Other things on Jacob’s bucket list are to drive a Nascar cup car, find a well-paying job, and meet a nice girl. 

If you asked Jacob to describe himself in three words, he would describe himself as hard-working, respectful, and helpful. 

Someone who Jacob admires is Kent Hambleton, because he is just an old-fashioned type of person who is willing to help anyone and give advice when needed and has been in the farming industry long enough to know all the tips and tricks and how to work on equipment.

His advice to the younger classmen is to work hard, climb the ladder, build up a good work ethic. Always try to be productive in any job in the future because you will eventually be a part of it.  And be respectful and helpful at any and all times. Live by the FFA motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” I wish all my fellow graduates the best of luck.”

Good luck to Jacob!  We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!