Student of the Week, April 1, 2013

Tate Hegstrom, Grand Junction High School senior


Tate Hegstrom, Grand Junction High School senior

GPA: 4.020

After-school activities: Varsity tennis, theater, Boy Scouts of America, guitar, Young Life, FIFA ‘13, student English mentor.

Favorite book: “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving.

Favorite TV show: “Modern Family”

Favorite band or musician: Mumford and Sons/Taylor Swift

Parents: Todd and Angela Hegstrom

Personal hero and why: Lorena Thompson, my English teacher. She had faith in me and helped me discover a part of myself I never knew existed.

Preferred college: Texas Christian University

Preferred career: Doctor

Greatest achievement so far: Eagle Scout

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: Write more songs and also start an a capella group next year.


Q: What has been your most memorable experience in high school?

A: Student mentoring for Honors Composition and Literature 10 for the past two years.


Q: What is your favorite subject and why?

A: English Literature because until my sophomore year I thought I was a poor English student, but with the help of Lorena Thompson I have discovered a passion for the subject.


Q: What are you looking for in a college?

A: Strong academics where I can also perform in musical theater.


Q: What would you tell freshmen who want to make the most of their years in high school?

A: Don’t wait until your junior year to get focused. Also, get involved in activities: Go to games and wear spandex body suits.


Q: If you could volunteer anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you volunteer to do?

A: I would go to inner-city areas to help struggling students find passion for their own education.


Q: Name three things you want to accomplish before age 30.

A:  1. Get a major role in a college musical production. 2. Get into medical school. 3. Join an all-male a capella group.


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