Student of the Week: Palisade High School senior Corey Aday

Name: Corey Aday

GPA: 4.088

After-school activities: Marching band, band and other music stuff, hiking, National Honor Society, volunteering.

Favorite book: “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. If I had to choose one of the three, I would say “The Two Towers.”

Favorite TV show: “Star Trek.”

Favorite band or musician: Composer David Maslanka. “Give Us This Day” and “Mother Earth” are my favorites.

Parents: Cecile and Darryl Aday.

Personal hero and why: Gene Roddenberry is my hero because he had an amazing vision of equality and human rights, along with an insane genius.

Preferred college: Worcester Polytechnic Institute or University of Puget Sound.

Preferred career: Robotics engineering.

Greatest achievement so far: My greatest achievement so far has been having the privilege to be the drum major of the PHS Bulldog Marching Band for two years.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: I would like to get one of my compositions published.


Q: What has been your favorite class in high school so far?

A: My favorite high school class is marching band. I love how the group pulls together as a team and a family; the other students have always made me feel like I truly belonged there. It’s an amazing experience, between the people, music, band director and visuals.

Q: What do you do for fun when you’re not in class?

A: I go hiking with my family, write, or read a book.

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

A: The best advice a teacher has ever given me was not to give up on something I love, but, at the same time, to not spread myself too thin, and to take care of myself despite any obligations I might feel. Since I have a tendency to create obligations where they don’t really exist, keeping this in mind has helped greatly.

Q: What will you miss about your school after graduation?

A: I will miss marching band, since I most likely will not attend a college that has a marching band. I will also miss my friends and wonderful teachers.

Q: What would you like to do after college?

A: I would like to pursue a career in engineering and travel around the world.

Q: If you could spend next summer anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: I would go back to Switzerland, somewhere in the Alps. It is incredibly beautiful in the Alps, and the air is clean.


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