Bored one summer, senior Ami Minor decided to look up some fun activities she could do. Little did she know at the time that this decision would open up a lot of opportunities for her in the future.
“I was about 13 to 14 years old when I found the F.B.I. teen academy online, but because I wasn’t of age yet I couldn’t go,” Minor said.
Although she couldn’t go that year, the summer of 2017, when she was of age (16 years old), she applied to the teen academy.
“I got in on my first time, which is very uncommon because the application process is so rigorous,” Minor said, “out of about 150 applicants, only 15 boys and 15 girls are chosen.”
At the teen academy, she was able to meet many F.B.I. agents who specialized in everything from bombings to evidence response.
To this day, Minor still volunteers at the teen academy to help the new kids in this opportunity. She is the activities coordinator, which means she helps organize events that happen at the teen academy.
“I had the amazing opportunity to job shadow an F.B.I. agent, who specializes in white collar crimes, at the F.B.I. office in Portland,” Minor said.
Minor mentioned that at the office there are no electronics allowed, including watches and cell phones, because of the amount of confidential information that is in the office. During the job shadow, she got a tour of the office and saw the work that goes into being in the F.B.I. In the future, Minor wants to become a technical analyst for the F.B.I.
Minor is also a local police cadet (in the Gresham area), which is another way she is working her way up to her dream.
Minor has also reached the accomplishment of being a three-degree black belt in taekwondo.
“Right before I was going to get my yellow belt, I had to decide if I wanted to continue on or stop,” Minor said. “Ultimately, I fell in love with taekwondo and decided to continue on with it.”
Minor had to sign a contract stating that she would continue on until she got her black belt.
“It took me about five years to get my black belt. It was very challenging, but I think it was worth it,” Minor said.
On top of all of that, Minor is also a student employee with the Oregon Trail School District. She helps run events in the lecture hall, movies at Sandy Grade School, and state awards.
Minor is also involved in many SHS activities.
“I’m a National Honor Society officer, I’m in Key Club, Green Club, and I’m also involved in drama,” Minor said. In Minor’s case, one boring summer can lead to opportunities that will help her reach her goal, to become a technical analyst for the F.B.I.