Student of the Week, March 19, 2012
After-school activities: professional go-kart racer, Formula F2000 driver; member of Future Business Leaders of America; member and treasurer of National Honors Society; volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital at least three hours a week; and work at Grand Junction Motor Speedway.
Favorite book: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.
Favorite TV show: Nothing in particular.
Favorite band or musician: I enjoy all genres of music.
Parents: Stacey Cook and Melissa Cook.
Personal heroes and why: My dad because he always perseveres and is willing to help anyone. Also, my mom because she always holds fast to her beliefs and strives to remain positive. Alan Rudolph, as well, because he is very resourceful, an excellent driver and manages to stay very level-headed.
Preferred college: Colorado School of Mines.
Preferred career: Mechanical and chemical engineer or professional Formula One driver.
Greatest achievement so far: Currently ranked 14th out of 187 professional Shifter Kart drivers in the United States; won the TAG USA World Championships three times; was selected to represent the USA in Bruno Grana World Cup in Lavalanet, France; and made it to the Future Business Leaders of America state competition.
What would you like your next greatest achievement to be: Attend the Colorado School of Mines, win the 2012 Formula F-1000 national series, be accepted on the Mazda Road to Indy, and also be the first female to win SKUSA Supernationals in Las Vegas in November.
Q: What has been your favorite high school class and why?
A: I really enjoyed most all my classes because I simply like to learn, but if I must pick it would be physics, chemistry, and all of my math classes because I really enjoy math and science subjects, and I like to see how those concepts can be applied to real-life situations.
Q: What do you do for fun when you’re not in class?
A: Go drive or race, go exercise or go on a hike, and spend time with my friends and family.
Q: What’s the best advice a teacher, coach or parent ever gave you?
A: A true champion will always find a way, even when all the odds are against them. And the only thing that can diminish you is yourself.
Q: What will you miss about school after graduation?
A: The great teachers and all my friends.
Q: What would you like to do after college?
A: Be a professional race-car driver, get a job as a mechanical and chemical engineer, and go travel the world.
Q: If you could spend next summer anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Italy or Germany.