Student of the Week, April 22, 2013

Shane Petch, Fruita Monument High School senior

GPA: 4.1

After-school activities: Speech and debate, marching band.

Favorite book: “The Sword of Truth” series by Terry Goodkind.

Favorite TV show: “NCIS” and “Big Bang Theory.”

Favorite band or musician: Dave Matthews Band.

Parents: Gail and Brad Petch.

Personal hero and why: My dad. He is the reason for my original interest in wildlife biology and he is constantly inspiring me to be more.

Preferred college: Montana State University.

Preferred career: I’d like to be a game warden or wildlife biologist.

Greatest achievement so far: Making all-state band.

What you would like to be your next greatest achievement: I would like to do something revolutionary in environmentalism. I want to do something to change the way the environment is viewed and make real, positive change in its protection.


Q: What has been your favorite high school class so far and why?

A: My music classes. It’s not just about playing trumpet and making music. I’ve learned so much about people, life, leadership, and myself. In the long run, that’s what’s really important.


Q: What do you do for fun when you’re not in class?

A: I love being outdoors, hunting, fly fishing, backpacking, cross-country skiing. I read a lot and probably watch more TV than I should.


Q: What’s the best advice a teacher, coach or parent ever gave you?

A: Control the things you can and let others worry about the things you can’t.


Q: What will you miss the most about your school after graduation?

A: High school is comfortable and easy and safe. College, and especially life, is not. I’ll miss the complacency that comes with knowing who your friends are and where you fit in.

Q: What would you like to do after college?

A: I’d like to find a job that makes me happy and find a place to live where I can enjoy the outdoors and continue to play music.


Q: If you could spend your next summer anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Either Alaska or Switzerland.


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