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Student Spotlight: Martin Fulbright of Chester-Joplin-Inverness High School

Martin Fulbright
Chester-Joplin-Inverness High School, Class of 2024

Martin Fulbright and his fellow students at CJI Public Schools live in and around the three small, Hi-Line communities of Chester, Joplin, and Inverness. It is the kind of place where everyone knows one another. Martin’s MTDA Facilitator, Barb Vinson, notes that Martin’s family lives behind her, so she has known him since he was a youngster. “He’s always been a really great kid,” she said. “He’s involved in everything.” 

No doubt, Martin’s college applications last fall were impressive. In addition to taking on extra and advanced course work, Martin’s activities include 4-H, all-state band, tennis, speech and debate, basketball, and national honor society. He is also very active in service through his church and recently became an Eagle Scout. “He is our class valedictorian this year, but he’s also super helpful to other students. He even has great dad jokes!” Vinson says.

Martin’s current coursework with MTDA includes Physics, AP Calculus, and German II. He has developed a set of strategies to stay focused and productive. “Make sure you have time specifically for each class. Stay on schedule, but don’t be afraid to take a break,” he advises.  One memorable moment in Martin’s distance learning experience was the completion of a physics project – a Rube Goldberg Machine featuring elements of physics, water, and boat mechanics. This intricate display was constructed in his family’s kitchen! It’s proof that distance learning isn’t just about sitting at a computer all day; you can still have hands-on fun and foster creativity.

In the spirit of service, Martin plans to embark on a two-year mission before pursuing higher education at Columbia University in New York. His experience with distance learning has undoubtedly shaped these aspirations, instilling a sense of self-reliance and adventure for navigating future endeavors. From the Hi-Line to the Big Apple, we know Martin is heading towards a bright future.