Luke Bell is a Senior at Jefferson High School. Luke loves math, music and meeting new people. Luke’s aspirations to become a mathematics professor began at a young age when he discovered his love of learning. He also finds joy in working on his family farm which he runs with his two younger brothers and practicing his talents on the piano.
We would like to thank Luke for sitting down with JHS Student and FBLA member, Branson White.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “Majoring in math in the Governor’s Honors Program as well as teaching SAT/ACT math at 5 Points Prep have led me to pursue a career as a mathematics professor.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Jackson County, and what do you love there?
A: “I love the salmon at the Carriage House.”
Q: What modern convenience would you want if you were stuck on a deserted island?
A: “Cell service so I could call and be rescued.”
Q: Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
A: “Dr. Sherry Hix because she helped me cultivate a passion in mathematics and really pushed me as a mathematician.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Jackson County?
A: “All my life, so 18 years.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Jackson County and why?
A: “Probably Joe Craven. He at one time made $60 million selling pottery to the Chinese and now is retired, does pottery as a hobby, and eats breakfast with my grandfather every morning.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “Berlin, Germany to watch the Berlin Philharmonic perform.”
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Every chance you get, listen to people. Everyone has had their own take on life, and you might be surprised at what you learn if you lend an ear to someone else’s story.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “Perform Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Number 2 with an orchestra.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “Casting Crowns, Chopin and Guns ‘N Roses.”
Q: What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Jackson County and why?
A: “Crawford W. Long Museum, though not really a business, rather a landmark. Knowing that the man so instrumental in revolutionizing the medical field actual held his practice in Jefferson, Georgia is such a neat realization.”
Q: Choosing anyone (past or present and a non-relative), with whom would you love to have lunch? And where locally would you have this lunch?
A: “I would hands down have lunch with Jesus at Cream and Shuga.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Jackson County?
A: “I love the people here. They are so down-to-earth, self-sacrificial and hard working, and they are the ones who make Jackson County a truly unique community.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “In 10 years, I plan to be completing a PhD in mathematics from Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Cambridge or Oxford.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I am a co-owner of Triple L Farms with my two younger brothers where we raise and sell around a dozen cows.”
Q: What three words mean Home to you?
A: “Family, farm and fun.”
The Faces of Jackson County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org.