Student of the Week, Jan. 4, 2010

Name: Alyssa Cheyenne Workman-Keenan

School: Central High School

GPA: 3.942

After-school activities: Soccer.

Favorite book: “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks.

Favorite TV shows: “Rita Rocks” or “How I Met Your Mother.”

Favorite Web site:

Most played song on your iPod: I listen to many songs, but I think the one I listen to the most would have to be “Selfish” by Asia Cruise.

Parents: Pam Workman and Paul Keenan.

Personal hero and why: My grandma is my hero because I have lived with her for most of my life. She has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but it hasn’t stopped her at all. She is also a survivor of cancer. She is a fighter!

Preferred college: University of Denver

Preferred career: Marine biology or medical research.

Greatest achievement so far: I believe my greatest achievement so far is being a member of National Honor Society. I have worked hard throughout high school, and I am challenging myself with difficult classes this year. I love to learn and help people. NHS allows me to work with many dedicated people as well as helping others. That in itself is a gift.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: I would really like to change someone’s life for the better. This goal may be a long-term one, but I believe I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.


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

A: My favorite class in high school is anatomy. I’m taking it right now, and I love it. Mrs. Deuel is a really great teacher, and I love learning about the human body, because it fascinates me.

Q: How do you prepare for a big test?

A: To prepare for tests, I study a little bit a couple nights before the test. I am not the type of person that can cram everything right before the test because I don’t really learn it that way. I also go to class every day and just pay attention to what the teacher is saying; that is one of the best ways to prepare for tests.

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

A: If I could help anyone, I would help the many homeless people living here in Grand Junction. This summer, I traveled to Brazil to play soccer, and I saw many people that were poor. All of the girls on my team decided to give the workers at our hotel some clothes that we had with us. Something as small as a T-shirt brought tears to their eyes. It made me happy to help them. All it takes is one small gesture to make someone’s life a little brighter.

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

A: Hanging out with friends, talking on the phone, texting, laying in the street, rain, quotes, traveling, the beach, snow, wishing on shooting stars, and learning something new from everyone I meet.

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

A: The best advice I have received from a teacher was: “Never use your situation as an excuse to fail or make less than smart decisions.” No matter what your circumstances are, you should never use them as an excuse to fail.

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

A: I would love to be done with college and hopefully starting a family with someone that I love.


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