Student of the Week, Feb. 20, 2017
Favorite book and its author: “Legend” by Marie Lu
Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”
Favorite band or musician: Kelly Clarkson
After-school activities: Volleyball, basketball, soccer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Parents: Kurt and Carla Haas
Personal hero and why: My parents, because they have constantly shown me what it means to be a kind, open-minded, Godly person, and they have always led me by example to push myself to try to make a positive impact on the world.
Preferred college: Washington University in St. Louis
Preferred career: Pediatric occupational therapist
Highlight of your high school experience: Participating in sports and being a part of some incredible teams with some of my favorite people.
Q: If you could create your own high school course, what would it be called and what would it teach?
A: I would create a cultural studies class that focused on helping students to better understand other cultures around the world, because I think that with the globalization of the economy and politics it is important to understand where others’ opinions are coming from.
Q: Describe a time you turned what could have been a negative situation into a positive one, or at least got something positive out of it.
A: As an International Bacculaureate student, we sometimes end up drowning in homework, but one time we decided that we needed a break so we got together to have a homework party. While this might not have been the most productive way to get homework done, we were all mentally exhausted so it was really effective for us to relax a little bit. Sometimes we have a tough week, but by reminding ourselves that we were all in the same boat, we made it a little bit easier on ourselves.
Q: Name three things you would like to accomplish by age 30.
A: I would like to have a college degree, be a volunteer with an organization that I am passionate about and have traveled internationally.
Q: If you could spend one year abroad, where would you go and why?
A: I would go to Greece because it is stunningly beautiful, and I think that it has a fascinating history that I would like to experience in person.
Q: What would you tell a freshman who wants to make the most of his or her high school years?
A: I would tell them to try and stay balanced by taking advantage of a lot of the academic and social opportunities that high school offers because it is a great time to try a wide variety of things, new and old, that might not be as practical to experiment with later in life.