‘The fish guy’ travels from St. Louis to Oregon

Dakota Motley
Business Manager

Photo provided by Kaz Bergmann

“I’ve really discovered who I am in the past four years and it feels good to say that with confidence,” Kaz Bergmann said via email. Bergmann will attend Oregon State University in the fall.

Bergmann has been deciding between two schools in the Washington area, and so he can be close to his father.

“The reason I chose the school in the first place was because it was near the ocean, near my dad, and it has a really good education system especially in the biology department,” Bergmann said via email. He will major in biology and minor in marine science.

People know Bergmann as “the fish guy” because he is known to tell others random fish facts throughout the day. He even had a “Daily Fish Fact” on his English teacher, Emily Pott’s chalkboard, but that wasn’t his first choice, “For a while I thought I wanted to study film, but my junior year really changed that around,” Bermann said via email.

Bergmann loves learning, specifically about fish, so he decided to apply for a job at the St. Louis Aquarium last year and got hired. Now, more than ever, he can learn about fish and get prepared for college in a few months while also having fun.

While high school is said to be the best four years of one’s life, it’s not that easy when a pandemic strikes before the end of freshman year.

“My high school experience like many others was all over the place really, goods and bads but honestly that’s just life… I’m gonna miss all my friends the most, even ones I don’t talk to everyday. Familiarity is comforting,” Bergmann said via email.

Bergmann loves to learn new things and meet new people and can’t wait for his freedom during college. He wants to be close to family while also having time to discover more about who he’ll become.


Dakota Motley- Business Manager

This will be Dakota Motley’s first year on ECHO staff. They also made several contributions while taking journalism class their junior year.

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