Student of the Week, Feb. 20, 2017

Palisade High School senior Emma Haas. Photo by MJ Thomas

GPA: 4.3

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.


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