Student of the Week, Oct. 2, 2017

Olivia Bode, Palisade HIgh School senior

GPA: 4.3

Favorite book and its author: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite TV show: “The Office”

Favorite band or musician: The Beatles

After-school activities: Earth Club

Parents: Nadine and Daniel Bode

Favorite teacher and why: There is a three-way tie when it comes to choosing my favorite teacher. The first of these is Mr. Korte, whom I admire for his humble intelligence and unparalleled kindness. I also largely enjoy Mr. Torfin’s sense of humor, in addition to his involvement in my passion for learning. Lastly, I adore Mrs. Meinzen for her universal understanding and acceptance.

Personal hero and why: My personal hero would have to be my mom. In addition to forging a close bond with me, she has shown me what understanding, patience and love are. She pushes me to be the best version of myself.

Preferred college: University of Colorado-Boulder  

Preferred career: Despite being fairly indecisive, I would like to be an architect, philosophy teacher, artist or biology researcher.

Highlight of your high school experience: The zenith of my high school experience is any school dance. I always have a monumental amount of fun dancing and eating with my friends.


Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?

A: I am most proud of my CAS project, an art installation I created with my best friend to raise awareness for suicide and promote suicide prevention. We collected and suspended over a thousand drawings drawn by local elementary school students to form a giant heart.


Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?

A: If I was the principal, I would make school start later, but not for the conventional lazy reasoning. I think it would make school safer and more efficient. Research shows that it is safer for students to drive once they’re fully awake. Starting school later would allow students to not only have clearer heads when driving, but also when learning.


Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?

A: I would choose to dine with Edward Snowden to ask what he discovered about the government and how that changed his opinion of the United States.


Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?

A: As a result of my fervor for exposure to various cultures, I would travel the world to as many countries as possible. I have a passion for learning about people and their intricate lifestyles.


Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?

A: Stick to your close friends, have a voice, and never EVER procrastinate.


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