Student of the Week: Alice Kerbein, Palisade High School senior
After-school activities: I Irish step dance (I’ve been taking lessons since I was four), take private bass lessons (string bass, not electric), practice archery, mountain bike and occasionally kayak.
Favorite book: “The Way of Shadows” trilogy by Brent Weeks.
Favorite TV show: I am currently a fan of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Favorite band or musician: Cake.
Parents: Michael and Cinda Kerbein.
Personal hero and why: It’s hard to choose one, but if I had to pick, it would be Winston Churchill. I admire how he came into power in a country on the brink of ruin and managed to turn it around, being quotable the entire way.
Preferred college: Virginia Tech is probably my No. 1 choice so far.
Preferred career: I want to be an engineer, probably with a mechanical focus.
Greatest achievement so far: Graduating from the Future Leader Camp at Norwich University. It was a challenge, both physically and mentally, and something that I am very happy I did.
Q: What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement:
A: I’d like my next great achievement to be graduating the International Baccalaureate program.
Q: What has been your favorite high school class so far and why?
A: My favorite classes so far have been my International Baccalaureate history classes. It’s interesting to look into the past and think about why people did things the way they did them. I also think that history helps us get some perspective on our problems. It helps me realize that I have it pretty good.
Q: What do you do for fun when you’re not in class?
A: I read — a lot. And I get outside, go mountain biking or hiking. I also like just lying down, not doing anything at all. Getting our Netflix hooked up on the Wii was probably the best thing that I’ve ever done, though, as it can entertain me for days.
Q: What will you miss about your school after graduation?
A: I’ll miss the people, and I’ll miss seeing cows on the way to school. I’ll also miss being so close to so many orchards and so much fresh fruit.
Q: What would you like to do after college?
A: I’m applying for an ROTC scholarship, so I’ll probably be in the Army. After that I’d love to work for Engineers Without Borders in Asia.
Q: If you could spend next summer anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I would love to spend time in India. The entire country is a fascinating mix of old and new, and there is so much history in the area. I would also love to hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain, which is a 500-mile-long pilgrim trail that runs all across northern Spain from France to the Atlantic Ocean.