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Student of the Month

April Student of the Month: Elijah Weber

What is your background?: My parents are Joel and Tina Weber and I am the youngest of their three children. I have an older sister and brother and am an uncle to six children between the two of them. We are originally from Grundy Center, Iowa, but have lived in Lisbon for just over three years now. I have been home schooled for all of my school years, except for seventh grade when I attended an international school when we lived overseas.

What brought you to Kirkwood and why?: I wanted to be able to receive college credit during high school, so I’ve attended two Career Academies (Welding & Advanced Manufacturing and Criminal Justice) during my junior and senior years of high school. My involvement with the Marion Home School Assistance Program made it convenient and easy to enroll at the Linn County Regional Center.

What is your program of study and what interests you about it?: I am currently in the Criminal Justice career academy. I have wanted to have a career in law enforcement for as long as I can remember. My family has a multi-generational legacy of many different family members being involved in law enforcement, including my grandfather, my mother, an aunt, two uncles, and a cousin. I find my study program interesting because it aligns with my passion for law enforcement.

Tell us about your experience in the Kirkwood Academies. What have you liked about it?: It’s been really good. I’ve liked both academies I’ve attended. Last year, in the welding academy, I really enjoyed what we learned and doing hands-on skills. The instructor, Scott Corell, was also instrumental in my enjoyment of those courses. Overall, I think the academies are a really good opportunity for high school students to have meaningful college experiences that are easy to access.

What do you do for fun?: I enjoy trap shooting on the Marion trap team, target shooting in general, hunting, fishing, and spending time with my friends.

Where do you see yourself in five years?: I hope to be a police officer for the Cedar Rapids Police Department.