Student of the week, April 16, 2012

Tessa Kester, Grand Junction High School senior

GPA: 4.04

After-school activities: gymnastics; National Honor Society; and The Orange and Black newspaper.

Favorite book: I have the best memories from reading “The Digging-est Dog” by Al Perkins with my parents when I was young.

Favorite TV show: “Fringe.”

Favorite band or musician: The Black Keys.

Personal hero: My personal heros are my family members. Each has given me something different. Whether it is how to be kind, how to enjoy the small things, and how to prevail when times get tough, they have each inspired me in their own way.

Preferred college: Colorado Mesa University.

Preferred career: Physical therapist or occupational therapist.

Greatest achievement so far: I believe my greatest achievement so far is overcoming a broken back to become a state and a seven-state regional champion, a two-time national competitor and a level 10 gymnast while maintaining a 4.0 GPA through high school.

What you’d like for your next greatest achievement: I would like to graduate from college and get my doctorate in physical or occupational therapy and start my life off on a good path.


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

A: My favorite class has been my French class. I have taken it for all four years. When I walk into the room, I feel completely submerged in the language. I love to speak French. The language comes easily to me.

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

A: I feel great enjoyment in being outside and moving. It is difficult for me to sit still. I enjoy being active, swimming, hiking, baking, cooking and spending time with my wonderful family.


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

A: Before any stressful activity in which I am nervous, my mother sings to me, “que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see, que sera, sera, what will be will be.”


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

A: After graduation I will miss the overall energy of Grand Junction High School that has motivated me to embrace my education and do my best. I will miss my caring and enthusiastic teachers and my fellow classmates.


Q: What do you want to do after college?

A: After college, I would like to get a job doing something that is not only fun but rewarding. I would like to help people feel better and go home with the feeling that I made a difference in someone’s life.

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

A: If I could spend next summer anywhere, I would spend it in France, becoming fluent in French and immersing myself in their culture.


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