Student of the Week, May 15, 2017
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.