Student of the Week, March 20, 2017

Plateau Valley High School senior Natalie Nichols. Photo by Shannon Nichols

GPA: 4.02

Favorite book and its author: “The Witch and the Wizard” series by James Patterson

Favorite TV show: “Once Upon A Time”

Favorite band or musician: One Direction

After-school activities: Volleyball, basketball, track, robotics, student council, LINK Crew, National Honor Society, spending time with my friends, family and animals, and helping my family with our ranch.

Parents: Chuck and Shannon Nichols

Personal hero and why: My personal hero is my Papa, because he has taught me the value of life. He taught me to follow my dreams, work hard and never give up when I am faced with a challenge.

Preferred college: Colorado Mesa University

Preferred career: Marine biology

Highlight of your high school experience: The highlight of my high school experience was in 2015 when my basketball team and I went to state, competed in the Budweiser Event Center and received sixth place in the 2015 Colorado High School Basketball Championship.


Q: If you could create your own high school course, what would it be called and what would it teach?

A: It would be called Marine Biology and the Wonders of the Ocean. In this course, students would get the opportunity to learn the skills they will need to become a marine biologist and learn about the different elements within the many bodies of water through hands-on learning and scientific labs.

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: In 2015, I went to state with my basketball team. During practice, I tore my ACL. In our final game at state, I played with my torn ACL.

Q: Name three things you would like to accomplish by age 30.

A: By the time I turn 30, I would like to graduate college with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, start my own scientific research and find a new species of marine life. During this time, I would also like to discover new ways to educate and protect the ecosystems in the oceans.


Q: If you could spend one year abroad, where would you go and why?

A: I would go to the Galapagos Islands, because I would love to see the beautiful views of the islands and interact with the animals that inhabit the islands.


Q: What would you tell a freshman who wants to make the most of his or her high school years?

A: Get involved with the organizations and clubs the school offers. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even if you try something and didn’t like it, at least you know you tried it. Trying something new is better than regretting those missed opportunities. Don’t stress about the small stuff and make lots of memories. Your four years of high school will fly by in a flash, and the memories you’ll make will stay with you for the rest of your life.


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