Student of the Week: Hotchkiss senior Ciara Beegle
School: Hotchkiss High School
After-school activities: Volleyball, tennis, CFES, FBLA and National Honor Society.
Favorite book: “Don’t Know Much About History” by Kenneth C. Davis.
Favorite TV show: “Big Bang Theory.”
Favorite band or musician: Hot Chelle Rae.
Parents: Steve and Anna Burdick.
Personal hero and why: My mother is my personal hero because she does everything for my family. She is a chef, a maid, a nurse and anything else we, as a family, need her to be. She does everything in her power to have a balanced home and school life for both of her children. I want to thank her for all she does and all the support she has given me and my brother. It means everything to me that she has been with me through every struggle and hardship in my life. I may not have gotten through without her.
Preferred college: Colorado Mesa University.
Preferred career: High school teacher with a master’s in mathematics.
Greatest achievement so far: I have overcome many health issues around the same time and still figured out a way to make myself better and be able to play the high school sports that I wanted to. However, I would be nowhere without the love and support of my family.
What I’d like to be my next greatest achievement: Graduate from high school with my associate of arts degree.
Q; What has been your most memorable experience in high school?
A: This year’s volleyball season has been my most memorable experience in high school. I feel like we improved from previous years and the team bonded more than in previous years. Also, our new coach helped us fine-tune our skills and helped make it an excellent season. I wish I could have one more year with this group of girls.
Q: What is your favorite subject?
A: My favorite subject this year is Spanish. I have a great college Spanish teacher, Mr. Hall, who makes the topic fun and interesting. He doesn’t just lecture us on how to conjugate verbs properly and when to use the infinitive of a verb; rather, he lets us spend whole hours talking in Spanish. Two days a week we spend the hour talking in a game that he comes up with. This helps us learn the language better because we use the language in situations we could use outside of the classroom.
Q: What are you looking for in a college?
A: I’m looking for a college with a challenging teaching program. I want to be at a college that has a small campus with a relatively small amount of students. I don’t want to be just a number in a big, crowded college. I want to be in a place like CMU where the teachers care about the success of the students and want them to excel in life.
Q: What would you tell a freshman who want to make the most of their years in high school?
A: Do as much as you can in high school and join groups that interest you. The only downside to that is being overcommitted and becoming overwhelmed. Also, enjoy every occasion the high school has to offer, especially homecoming week! Don’t take anything for granted because when it is over you’ll be sad that it ended. Just remember to be happy that it happened! You only get one chance at high school.
Q: If you could volunteer anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you volunteer for?
A: I would stay in the U.S. and volunteer in programs here. There are so many other countries with problems, but there are similar problems in the U.S., and we don’t address those before helping other countries. Whether it be volunteering in soup kitchens, rebuilding towns after natural disasters, or teaching children in poorly funded school districts, I would enjoy any form of volunteering. I would use my outgoing personality in any way possible.
Q: Name three things you want to accomplish before age 30.
A: By the age of 30, I see myself living in a small city. I want to have my bachelor’s in mathematics and an emphasis in secondary teaching by the time I am 20 or 21. Then, after a few years, I want to go back and get my master’s in mathematics so I can teach college math in a high school. That way students can get a head start on their college courses.