Student of the Week, Oct. 17, 2016
Favorite book and its author: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
Favorite TV show: “White Collar”
Favorite band or musician: Twenty One Pilots
After-school activities: Speech and debate, model United Nations and tutoring at Riverside Educational Center.
Parents: Christine and Gordon Gallagher
Personal hero and why: My Grandpa, Don Messer. After he retired, he began working full time on charitable AIDS prevention.
Preferred college: I’m currently undecided, but I would like a smaller school with smaller classes.
Preferred career: Law and/or politics
Highlight of your high school experience: Fruita Monument High School has a fantastic cardboard boat race each year, which I really enjoy watching.
Q: If you could create your own high school course, what would it be called and what would it teach?
A: Practical skills, which would teach everything from problem solving to car maintenance.
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: Last winter, on our way to a speech and debate tournament, we were stopped for hours going through Vail Pass. Instead of sitting around, I decided that we all needed to get out and have a snowball fight to pass the time.
Q: Name three things you would like to accomplish by age 30.
A: I would like to have graduated college and law school with as little debt as possible. I want to have a successful and exciting career, but I also want to stay close to my family.
Q: If you could spend one year abroad, where would you go and why?
A: I would spend a year in New Zealand, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
Q: What would you tell a freshman who wants to make the most of his or her high school years?
A: Try your best to work hard to stay ahead of the workload, but still attempt to enjoy life.