About the Author
DJ is currently living and working in Silicon Valley after graduating Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in Economics.
Before Duke, DJ graduated valedictorian in a class of 640 students from Hickman High School in Columbia, MO. He served as President of the National Honor Society and was also captain of the varsity golf team. His senior year, DJ finished seventh at the Missouri State Golf Tournament, setting a record for shooting one of the lowest rounds in Missouri state history, four under par, 68.
While DJ graduated at the top of his class, he was not the smartest student, far from it. He became valedictorian by relying on his mother's lessons and immeasurable support from family, friends and teachers. DJ credits his success to his biggest influence, his mother. His mother set a solid foundation for him based on diligence, perseverance and trust through her own example, stories and advice. DJ continues to apply her life lessons, recounted in Build Like an Ant: How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian, in making career and personal decisions.