Student of the Week, Feb. 12, 2012

Austin Dougless, Fruita Monument HIgh School senior

GPA: 4.17

After-school activities: Work (computer technician), Civics Taskforce (civics activism), Youth Policy Summit (scientific/political group), wrestling, and National Honors Society (community service).

Favorite book: “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer.

Favorite TV show: “Through the Wormhole.”

Favorite band or musician: Drake.

Parents: Mike and Shari Dougless.

Personal hero and why: None. I forge my own path.

Preferred college: California Institute of Technology.

Preferred career: Experimental chemist.

Greatest achievement so far: Starting Civics Taskforce and involving my generation in democracy.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: Inspire just one person to make a lifelong habit of learning and to really love it.


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

A: Advanced Placement Chemistry. Ms. Bowen was an excellent teacher, and the class was the perfect balance of interesting, challenging and rewarding.


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

A: Hike and play video games.


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

A: My dad said, “There’s no sense worrying over something you can do nothing about.”


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

A: My teachers. I’ve had some truly great ones who have taught me things beyond the boundary of any one subject; they have taught me to love learning, and that lasts a lifetime.


Q: What would you like to do after college?

A: Be on the forefront of experimental chemistry, making exciting new discoveries.

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

A: Probably rural China. Life is all about experiences, and I would welcome the culture shock.


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