Student of the Week: Cody Bond, Palisade HS
After-school activities: Basketball, cheer, homework, doing things with other student council members to help plan or decorate for various things, and on good days I’ll take a nap.
Favorite book: The Bible.
Favorite TV show: “Nitro Circus.”
Favorite band or musician: Whoever’s on the radio.
Parents: Scott and Tina Bond.
Personal hero and why: My dad is definitely my personal hero. When I was growing up, things weren’t always pretty, but somehow he seemed to always make ends meet and provide for my mom, brother and I. There was a time when he actually lived out of a camper in the back of our pickup to work an out-of-town construction job. He lived like this for a few months, just so we could keep our house, and so I would be able to finish out my high school career at Palisade. He never goes back on his word, and he is always there, no matter what be the case. He is the ultimate role-model, and my personal hero. Love you Dad.
Preferred college: Either the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, or Colorado State University.
Preferred career: Either hydraulics engineering, or architectural engineering.
Greatest achievement so far: When I was in the eighth grade, my best friend and I compiled 10 minutes worth of information about the sheep and cattle wars in Wyoming, and entered the National History Day Competition. We took first place at district, regional, and state competitions. We then went on to the national competition in Washington, D.C., where we stayed at the University of Maryland for about five days. We toured all of Washington, some of Pennsylvania, and some of Virginia, along with the White House where we had a personal meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney. Since we were going for academics, our whole trip was paid for by the school, and it definitely has to be one of the greatest achievements of my life so far.
What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: I would like to walk on to the University of Alaska’s basketball team.
Q: What has been your favorite high school class so far and why?
A: My favorite high school class so far would probably have to be speech with Mrs. Popick. The class always had great energy, Mrs. Popick is a great teacher, and the other students in the class were simply fun to be around.
Q: What do you do for fun when you’re not in class?
A: I try to play basketball whenever I can. The season is coming up and I’m doing my best to have a great senior year.
Q: What’s the best advice a teacher, coach or parent ever gave you?
A: “Your reputation is who other people think you are, while you character is who you really are.” – Mr. Borgmann
Q: What will you miss about your school after graduation?
A: After graduation, I will miss being able to step onto the court with all my teammates.
Q: What would you like to do after college?
A: After college I’d like to start a family, and live on a ranch either here, in Alaska, or in Wyoming.
Q: If you could spend next summer anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I think I would spend it at the Flaming Gorge in Wyoming, on a house boat with all of my best friends.