Minor's major dreams
As a 6-year-old, Ami Minor regularly watched her father and brother take apart and rebuild computers.
The experience sparked a fascination with technology that the now-high schooler has already landed her job experience in her dream industry.
"I'm a really visual learner," Minor explained. "So, getting to just stand there and watch them was really interesting."
As a senior at Sandy High, when Minor's not studying or in class, she's working as the head sound tech for events and other technical jobs for the school district. This past summer she even helped rebuild the district's school websites, as well as prep the districts' Chromebooks for use during the school year.
"I got to freely design the site with input from staff," Minor noted. "It was really fun to get to figure out the layout. I had not touched web creation before. It was a great opportunity. Seeing it go live and see people's response was great. I was able to watch all of my hard work go out to the public. There's been a really positive response."
Minor got her foray into sound and visual tech as a young teen at her church, East Hill Church Family in Gresham, by helping orchestrate sound for the praise team and pastor.
"My older brother was doing it and I was like, 'that seems super interesting,'" Minor said. "So, I continued it on and really enjoyed it. I like the challenges visual and sound tech pose. No two events are ever the same."
From her early work experience, Minor expects she'll be well set up for life after high school.
Working with the school has helped her "with time management and balancing my workload," she said. "I think it's a great experience. I've been super fortunate with all the experience I've had. Not only do I have a job, but one that demonstrates that just because you're a teen doesn't mean you have to have the typical teenager job. You can bust stereotypes and show superiors what you're capable of."
Minor hopes to use her experience from Sandy High and East Hill to work toward a degree in computer and information technology, starting by enrolling in community college, then pursue a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"I'd like to apply as many tools and as much knowledge as I can to law enforcement and helping the community," she said.
Service has been a major part of Minor's life since she was in sixth grade. Raised with a father from the U.S. and a mother from Cambodia, Minor is acutely aware of how privileged she is to get to volunteer.
"I think the feeling you get after serving (is rewarding)," Minor said. "We're really fortunate here in America to be able to serve, (and) to be able to extend that (fortune) out to other people."
As if her schoolwork and contract with the district didn't keep her busy enough, Minor also is a Black Belt-level martial artist and teacher, and a member of the Key Club, Green Club and National Honor Society.
"The running joke out there is I'm a jack of all trades," Minor said. "But if there's any opportunity for me to help out, it's just hard for me to say no."
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