Student of the Week, Dec. 7, 2009

Name: Dillon Tyler Short

School: Central High School.

GPA: 3.8.

After-school activities: Speech and debate and District 51 Griffins boys swim team.

Favorite book: I really liked Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies” series.

Favorite show: “Heroes” and “House” are two of my favorite shows.

Favorite Web site: I surf a lot of different Web sites. I actually spend a lot of time on the computer, more time than I should really.

Most played song on your iPod: “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi.

Parents: Ken and LeAnn Short.

Personal hero and why: Thomas Edison. When asked how he felt about failing 10,000 experiments to develop a storage battery, he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Preferred college: Colorado School of Mines.

Preferred career: Mechanical engineering.

Greatest achievement so far: Going skydiving for the first time. It was a tandem jump.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: Getting to do my first solo jump. I need to do a few more tandem jumps, though.

Q&A:

Q: What has been your favorite class in high school and why?

A: I’ve had many favorite classes in high school. Central has a lot of great teachers and students, and that makes for some really great classes.

Q: How do you prepare for a big test?

A: I actually don’t do a lot before a big test. I’m one of the lucky few who can retain a lot of information, and I don’t have to study for a test. That’s gotten me into some bad situations in the past, but overall, I just don’t need to study.

Q: If you could have your pick of service projects, who would you help and how?

A: If I had the time and wouldn’t be leaving town in less than a year (scary thought), I’d really like to be part of Partners and their mentoring programs. I think that I would make a good role model and could make a difference in someone’s life, just as I do every day. It’s a great program, and I’ll have to find some way to help in the future after college.

Q: What does it say under “interests” on your Facebook page?

A: That field is actually blank.

Q: What’s the best advice a teacher, coach or parent has ever given you?

A: Just keep swimming.

Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?

A: I’d like to have visited and experienced a lot of the world in 10 years and planning on visiting and experiencing a lot more.


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