Student of the week, Sept. 18, 2017
Favorite book and its author: “The Illustrated Man” by Ray Bradbury
Favorite TV show: “Criminal Minds”
Favorite band or musician: Daughtry
After-school activities: National Honor Society, lifeguard and swim teacher for the city of Grand Junction.
Parents: Jamie and Erick Ferrell
Personal hero and why: My father, because he has worked night and day to get where he is now. He has been there for me my whole life, and I couldn’t ask for anyone better. He is full of humor and is where I want to be when I’m older. He had to grow up fast when he was my age, but to end up having children by the age of 19 and to be where he is now is amazing. Most would run from the situation, but he stuck with us and I’m glad he did.
Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Salazar is my favorite teacher because his enthusiasm during class is amazing. He is very understanding and is always there when I need him. During class he is very goofy and that’s what makes the class enjoyable. He knows how to get you to pay attention and pull you in, whether it’s with a discussion or just a funny joke about the subject. I don’t know if I would have passed Western Civilization or Rhetoric without him. He is one of the many reasons I have come to love school.
Preferred college: Colorado School of Mines
Preferred career: Mechanical engineering
Highlight of your high school experience: All the people I got to see every day. The friendships I have made over the past four years will be with me forever. Those lunches where we all cannot stop laughing over the silliest things. When I graduate, those moments and memories are what I’m going miss the most and are what goes with me when I go to college.
Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: My Grade Point Average. I have worked all four years to get the GPA I have now and cannot believe that I got it to be where it is now. But I couldn’t have gotten there without my teachers and friends. The hard work and dedication have paid off now that I’m looking at colleges, and that feeling of knowing that all that work will pay off is fantastic.
Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: I would change the fact that our high school doesn’t have a microwave and would try my hardest to get it where you can use computers again during class, because then you could warm things up for lunch. Allowing computers lets us do homework during lunch when we couldn’t get it done if we had plans that night. Finally, I would construct another high school building because the trailer we have now is too small and has too many smelly bodies. All these things would make the school more enjoyable and easier, but otherwise I wouldn’t change anything else.
Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: I would have dinner with my great-grandpa because he died when I was 13, and I never truly got to know him. I hear all these amazing stories but would love to be able to see him again and just have him here with me. To be able to ask him about his life and stories would be spectacular.
Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
A: I would go to Germany because that country is so full of history, and living there would be beautiful. I would go see all the artifacts from World War II and try to adapt to the new culture. All the little towns in the middle of the mountains would be a sight to see and would give a different view on how people live. To see how their culture works would be a fascinating and great experience.
Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
A: Keep your head high and don’t ever give up. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your teachers. Aways try to get some of your assignment done so you don’t have a zero; you can always remediate. Finally, enjoy your high school career. It’s only here for a short time, so don’t waste it creating drama. Instead, make friends who will never leave you and many good memories that will be with you forever.