Student of the Week, Nov. 11, 2013

Evan Atchison, Palisade High School senior

GPA: 4.436

After-school activities: Robotics, Knowledge Bowl, luthiery, bassist.

Favorite books: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams or “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” by Richard Feynman.

Favorite TV shows: “Mythbusters,” “Top Gear” and “Futurama.”

Favorite band or musician: Diablo Swing Orchestra.

Parents: John and Leslie Atchison.

Personal hero and why: Richard Feynman — He was curious about everything and made extremely significant discoveries in the field of physics by following his curiosities.

Preferred college: Caltech or MIT.

Preferred career: aerospace engineer or physicist.

Greatest achievement so far: Helping found a FIRST Robotics team in Grand Junction to provide opportunities for students to experience engineering firsthand.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: I’d like our rookie robotics team to make it to the FIRST International Championship.


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

A: It’s just as important to understand the process by which you reach a correct answer as it is to know what that answer is.

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

A: Math and physics, because they are the fundamental methods by which we understand the universe, they have fascinating real-world applications, and I love to solve difficult problems.


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

A: I mentor a First Lego League team, and this has allowed me to teach elementary school students about robotics and hopefully help them to learn to love science and technology.


Q: What are your goals for after high school?

A: I’d like to discover what field I really want to dedicate my life to in college, and then pursue a Ph.D. in that area. I hope that whatever I end up doing, I can make a positive impact on the world.


Q: What is your dream job?

A: I would love to be a college professor.


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