To quote one of his teachers, “The only suitable metaphor for John’s talent is the sun – all encompassing, life affirming, and enriching.” But it is not simply John’s talent that is impressive; what is more spectacular and impactful are the connections he forms with everyone around him. Through his example, Johns helps others see their own value and empowers them to be their truest self. As he heads to UC Berkeley in a few weeks, John’s infectious energy and contagious comfort with his passions and goals will enrich his community. John embodies a “go big or go home” attitude, all the while maintaining a commitment to self-care and to his relationships. When you meet John, ask him about his journal, and as he shares it with you, know that the explanation may involve him breaking into song, or a dance, and it will certainly include many, many laughs.