Student of the Week, Feb. 24, 2014

Kalen Potter, Grand Junction High School senior

GPA: 4.306

After-school activities: Academic Team, National Honor Society, Orange & Black newspaper.

Favorite book: “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad.

Favorite TV show: “The Office.”

Favorite band or musician: Arcade Fire, The National.

Personal hero and why: My grandpa. Ever since I was little, he has instilled a sense of curiosity and creativity in me that I think has in some ways shaped the way I perceive the world.

Preferred college: Brigham Young University.

Preferred career: Architectural engineering.

Greatest achievement so far: Eagle Scout.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: College degree.


Q: What was the most memorable lesson you ever learned in a class?

A: In my Advanced Placement Literature class earlier this year, we were discussing Shakespeare’s 73rd sonnet, “That Time of Year.” The poem describes how everything must come to an end, so we must enjoy those things while we still have them. It hit me how, in my senior year, I am coming to the end of my time in high school before I go off to do my own things. So, I am trying to enjoy every bit of this year, and I hope to keep that mentality with me wherever I go and whatever I do.


Q: What subject or extracurricular activity are you most passionate about and why?

A: I am most passionate about academic team, a game in which teams answer questions on various subjects. I suppose a natural curiosity of the world has prompted me to always want to learn new things, and academic team provides a way for me to see the tangible results of those scholastic endeavors. It requires a lot of work and dedication, but the most satisfying feeling is to see that work pay off at tournaments and state championships.


Q: Describe a time when you knew you made a difference in the community or someone else’s life.

A: In order to get my Eagle Scout, I had to complete a project that totaled 100 hours of service. For this project, I went back to my old elementary school and repainted the playground and basketball court equipment. This took much time to plan and organize, and then on top of that, the actual project itself took several days. However, I know the school administration was very excited to see their grounds rejuvenated, and I hope the students felt the same way.


Q: What are your goals for after high school?

A: I plan to go on a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I return, I hope to go to a four-year college and earn a degree in some form of engineering, perhaps architecture, after which I hope to find a career that will support me and my family for a long time.


Q: What is your dream job?

A: If I had no limitations or restrictions, I would want to become a National Basketball Association or National Football League general manager and build a team that would win championships for years. In a more realistic sense, I would like to use my creative side to plan, design, and construct buildings or other structures.


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