Student of the Week, May 15, 2017

Caprock Academy senior Madison Long-Markakis



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GPA: 3.99

Favorite book and its author: “Outlaw” by Ted Dekker

Favorite TV show: “The Walking Dead”

Favorite band or musician: Two Steps From Hell

After-school activities: Robotics, National Honors Society, Student Council

Parents: Amy Long-Markakis and Matthew Markakis

Personal hero and why: My mom. She’s always been there for me when I need her and I hope I can be as strong as her someday.

Preferred college: Colorado School of Mines

Preferred career: Computer scientist

Highlight of your high school experience: Going new places and meeting new people.


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

A: With technology getting more advanced every year, a course like Basic Robotics could spread STEM, teach beginning engineering and educate more people about how important robotics are to society now.


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: When I went to the University of Colorado-Boulder for a leadership camp during the summer before my junior year, it was the first time I’d been completely alone away from home for more than a few days. I was terrified to have to talk to people and be someone I wasn’t, but when I found my confidence, it turned out to be a fantastic week that changed my life.


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

A: Create my own game, write a novel and have a financially stable family.


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

A: I’ve always wanted to study in England. Everything seems so sophisticated and historical.


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

A: Never, never, never give up. There will be times when it seems impossibly hard, but it always gets better. If you work hard now, you get the benefits sooner.


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