Student of the Week, May 5, 2014

Deserae McDermott, R-5 High School senior



GPA: 3.85

After-school activities: I help take care of my sister, participate in Colorado Mock Trial Competition, R-5 Student Advisory and R-5 Leadership Team.

Favorite book: “The Mortal Instrument” series by Cassandra Clare.

Favorite TV shows: “The Fosters” and “Switched at Birth.”

Favorite band or musician: I can enjoy most music, but I prefer country stars such as Miranda Lambert, Sara Evans and Sugarland.

Parents: Carol McDermott.

Personal hero and why: My Grandma Mac. She is a very strong woman who has endured seven children. She is my hero because we really connect and I can talk to her about anything. She will always love me.

Preferred college: I am planning on continuing my experience here at Colorado Mesa University.

Preferred career: I want to be a secondary educator specializing in alternative education.

Greatest achievement so far: I received a full tuition scholarship at Colorado Mesa University.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: I would like to get my bachelor’s degree without collecting any debt.


Q: What was the most memorable lesson you ever learned in a class?

A: At R-5, our careers class shows us how to make a budget, do taxes and maintain a job. I think these are essential skills that only R-5 would have taught me.


Q: What subject or extracurricular activity are you most passionate about and why?

A: I am extremely passionate about R-5’s Leadership Team. We have grown so much this past year and I am so proud to be a part of that growth. A leader is not those who lead a group, but those who teach others to lead themselves.


Q: Describe a time when you knew you made a difference in the community or in someone else’s life.

A: I was the driving force behind making our Student Leadership Team more effective. I supported the team to participate in formal meetings, assemblies and to represent R-5 outside of school.


Q: What are your goals for after high school?

A: I plan on continuing my education at Colorado Mesa University and eventually getting my own house.


Q: What is your dream job?

A: I am a strong believer in education, thus why I am returning to education as a teacher. I would love to advocate for alternative education and eventually become an administrator.


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