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Custer ready

Pam Holmes Boyd

Tyler Custer is one of those kids who is so focused on what he wants to do with his life, he simply doesn’t want to wait to get it started.

Custer was originally a member of the Battle Mountain High School Class of 2004, but he is graduating a year early and he will begin studying film and video production at San Diego State University next fall.

“I’m graduating early because I want to get out in the video production field,” he said. “The limits in the field are endless.”

Custer waxes poetic when talking about his video future, but his passion has totally defined him during his tenure at BMHS. He served as vice president of the Future Business Leaders of America and was active with the school’s El Pomar Foundation group – a community service organization that first raises money to earn matching foundation dollars and then distributes the cash to local entities. Custer also participated in speech and drama offerings at the school and traveled to England last fall with a group from the school.

But from the day he first walked into the BMHS video production course, Custer found his calling.

“My dream job would be working for George Lucas,” he said.

He’s hard pressed to list his single favorite film.

“I watch a lot of movies,” he noted. “I guess my favorite right now is `Spiderman’ for its visual effects.”

As he prepares to head out to California, Custer said he is ready to make the journey. “Everyone asks if I am rushing things, but I’ll be stepping out the doors on the last day of school and I won’t be looking back,” he said.

He credits his mother – Julie Kessnich – for supporting his decision to graduate early and enroll in film school and for all her work as a single parent.

“My mom thinks this is an excellent opportunity. She’s basically raised my brother and me by herself and she’s super.”


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