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Joseph Martinez wants to be the first in his family to go to college

The Jefferson Project is a series that will chronicle four students and the principal of Jefferson High School in Edgewater.

Even though Joseph Martinez is just 17, he's got a lot on his plate. In addition to the typical teen stuff like school and homework and sports, he works nearly every day after school to support his family. Despite this pressure, he still finds time to dream. He wants to go to college for sports medicine. Learn a little more about him below.

Credit: Anne Herbst, KUSA

Name: Joseph Martinez

Age: 17

Sports or activities you participate in: Football and basketball

Favorite subject or class: Weight training

What you want to do after graduation: Go to college for sports medicine

Best thing about Jefferson: It’s small and everyone knows each other

Three things that make you happy: Sports, food and sleep

Three words to describe yourself: Dedicated, respectful, caring

Favorite movie: Space Jam

Hobbies: Playing basketball, listening to music

On the weekend, you’ll find me...in the gym playing basketball.

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