by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Spark Photography

Babysitter, Black Belt, Boy Scout

student_anderson3Rancho Bernardo’s student star, Jake Anderson, is a young man of many talents. From his babysitting certification and black belt in Taekwondo to his musical and medical aspirations, Jake has accomplished quite a bit in his first 14 years of life and is looking forward to much more.

A freshman at Rancho Bernardo High School (RBHS), Jake acknowledges his favorite part of school is the band program, the RB Royal Regiment. “I am very involved in the RBHS marching band where I play the clarinet,” Jake said. His interest in the instrument began years earlier. “I chose to play the clarinet in the fifth grade after finding success playing the recorder as a fourth grader in music class,” he explained. While the performances are important, Jake shared, “The real appeal of the RB Royal Regiment isn’t the championship victories or public appearances, but the connections created by students within their instrument sections.” The sense of love and support within his band family has inspired Jake to stay involved with music for as long as he can.


Name: Jake Thure Anderson (14)
School: Rancho Bernardo High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Tonja and Kipp Anderson
Sibling: Callan (12)
Favorite Place in 92128: The band and orchestra rooms at RBHS. After only one marching season with the Royal Regiment, this section of my school already feels like home.


Another major commitment in Jake’s life is Boy Scouts. He is a Life Scout with Troop 680 and a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society. As a scout, Jake has volunteered over 85 hours for local projects, including the Friends of the Library for the Rancho Bernardo Library and planting flags at Fort Rosecrans on Memorial Day. “In addition to these events, I spent eight weeks volunteering and playing with the Special Olympics softball team during middle school,” Jake shared.

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Academically, Jake’s favorite subjects are English and science. He plans to attend UC Berkeley or UCSD and earn a degree in chemistry or biology. Jake is then looking forward to attending medical school. “My dream job is to become an anesthesiologist and help patients through surgery,” he said.

For all his hard work, Jake looks towards inspirations both internationally and locally. Elon Musk tops his list of celebrity inspirations. “Closer to home, however, I look up to my band directors Duane Otani and Zachary Christy, from whom I’ve learned how to work hard and commit to something you love.”