Student of the Week, Oct. 9, 2017

Annie Rowe, Grand River Academy senior

GPA: 3.28

Favorite book and its author: “Looking for Alaska” by John Green

Favorite TV show: “Switched at Birth,” it has strong focus on American Sign Language.

Favorite band or musician: Social Repose, a contemporary genre from an independent YouTube musician.

After-school activities: I spend hours writing short stories with a mental health focus. I am also a part-time nanny.

Parent: Kammie Sharp

Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Ahrens is without a doubt my favorite teacher. He is open- minded, compassionate and understanding. Best of all, he shares his love of learning with his students.

Personal hero and why: Gabby Douglas, the elite gymnast. Her drive to overcome and pursue her dreams despite her opposition is super inspiring.

Preferred college: Johns Hopkins College of Medicine

Preferred career: I would love to be a traveling nurse going to places like Africa and Indonesia, healing underprivileged citizens. That’s followed by a medical degree in emergency medicine.

Highlight of your high school experience: I have thrived using Grand River’s online platform. With me as the driving force, I have found schooling much more beneficial.


Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?

A: Last year, I took a National Certification of Science and Health Exam at the Career Center and passed. This exam is usually taken by college students who are already working in the medical field. I studied really hard, and passing was one of the best moments of my life.

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

A: I would change the onsite attendance experience. I don’t think we should come in to work on our online curriculum; we can do that from home. When we come in, the focus should be activity-driven. A time where students focus on social activities with some post-secondary activities, like mock interviews, seminars on popular career dress and job fairs.


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

A: Edgar Allen Poe definitely! When I was younger trying to find my way, I read a poem by Edgar Allen Poe which created my passion for writing. I would love to share my writing with him and to discuss strategies and techniques. It would be phenomenal.


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

A: I would love to live in Ireland and tour the medieval castles, preferably by the coast so I could watch whales and learn to surf.


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

A: My freshman year was tough; I struggled with mental health issues. So my advice would be to tell someone, be open and honest about your struggles and seek help. To be successful addressing the issues straight on is the only way to maintain your academic goals and have the life you desire.


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