23 with ’23: Nick Mast


Maggie Storts

Nick Mast poses.

Nick Mast is a senior at Jonathan Alder High School. He is involved in lighting and sound for both the school’s performances as well as at his local church. He plays the sousaphone in the Marching Band and the tuba in Symphonic Band. We sat down with Nick as part of our 23 with ‘23 series to spotlight 23 different members of the class of 2023.


Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

A:  I really enjoy magic and viewing magic and performing magic.

Q: What’s your wakeup ritual?

A:  I’ll get up and I’ll usually read and then I’ll get ready.

Q: What’s your go to bed ritual? 

A: Reading. Go to bed.

Q: What’s your favorite time of day?

A: The evening because usually, you know, homework’s done, you can just kind of chill, hang out. 

Q: If you could switch lives with someone for a day who would it be?

A: Justin Henning. I think that would be fun. If I got the musical skills and I could go and teach those kids, I think that’d be fun.  

Q: Dream country to visit?

A: Israel.

Q: What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had?

A:  I know a lot about magic and so when I do get fooled by someone, it’s really cool. And those are probably one of my favorite moments. 

Q: If your life was a TV show, what song would be in the intro?

A: It’d be like “Blinding Lights” or “Danger Zone.” 

Q: What are three things you can’t live without?

A: My friends and family, books, and probably magic.

Q: What 3 people living or dead would you like to make dinner for?

A: I feel bad because they get a horrible meal. Andy Serkis, Ryan Reynolds, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Q: Window or aisle seat?

A: Aisle.

Even though life sucks most of the time, it does get better. And it is, it’s not as hard as you think. You just gotta push through it.

— The best advice Nick's ever received

Q: Secret talent?

A: Magic. 

Q: Most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

A:   Very, very not safe repelling and, you know, jumping from waterfalls and stuff.

Q: How would you define yourself in three words? 

A: Quiet, calculating and resourceful. 

Q: What’s inspiring you in life right now?

A: The Bible. 

Q: Best piece of advice you’ve received?

A:  Even though life sucks most of the time, it does get better. And it is, it’s not as hard as you think. You just gotta push through it. 

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Being that one guy who just sits up in the booth. And sometimes makes stuff work. 

Q: Best thing to happen to you today?

A:  Definitely getting interviewed by Maggie Storts. 

Q: Worst thing to happen to you today?

A: Getting interviewed by Maggie Storts. 

Q: If you made a documentary, what would it be about?

A: During World War II, there were these men who used some mentalism magic stuff to get out of a POW camp. 

Q: Last piece of content you consumed that made you cry?

A:  The new “Andor” series.

Q: Song you can listen to on repeat?

A: If we have each other by Alec Benjamin.

Q: On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life right now?

A: Nine.