Ferndale High School senior Josiah Fox prides himself on his strong work ethic and hustle. He works multiple jobs for his church, participates in choir, leadership and theatre at FHS, and even has a passion for cleaning public spaces.
After every Golden Eagles football and volleyball game, Fox stays afterwards and picks up garbage left behind in the bleachers. He has also participated in city-wide garbage pickup events, and hopes to re-start something similar in the future.
“I would begin to (clean the community) by starting numerous groups of like-minded people who would be willing to give a Saturday every month or so to clean different areas of the community,” he said.
The performing arts is a major passion of Fox’s. He has performed in FHS shows during all of his high school years and played the lead in the recent school production of Newsies.
“After my first FHS show, I was hooked,” Fox said. “Now I aspire to be the best leader I can be to the rest of the underclassmen so that they will be inspired to do the same their senior years.”
Fox is also a landscaper and videographer for his church. Every week, he creates video announcements for services, as well as any other additional videos that are needed. He also wrote and directed FHS’ time travel-themed homecoming skit this fall.
After graduating high school, Fox plans to get his associate’s degree at Whatcom Community College then transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
“I don’t have an exact career in mind yet, but computer science has such a wide variety of amazing careers to offer,” he said.
Fox said the most influential person in his life is his father. He credits his dad for instilling a strong work ethic in him, and for pushing him to be the best version of himself.
“He has helped me become the man I am today, and I am extremely grateful,” Fox said of his father. “He has a unique way of being able to communicate with me and help me see perspectives I couldn’t otherwise see.”