Student of the Week, Nov. 2, 2009


GPA: 4.06.

After-school activities: Academic team, Orange & Black newspaper, volleyball.

Favorite book: “1984” by George Orwell.

Favorite TV show: “House” or “CSI: Las Vegas.” Anything with a mystery and science.

Favorite Web site:

Most played song on your iPod: Anything by The Kooks.

Parents: Karen and Matt Binder.

Personal hero and why: My sister. She has always been a fearless pioneer, forging ahead with life and sharing all of her significant experiences and advice with me afterwards. I admire her confidence.

Preferred colleges: Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado at Boulder, or Rice University.

Preferred career: Mechanical engineer or biomedical engineer.

Greatest achievement so far: Going to Florida for Academic Team Nationals.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: Making it into a prestigious college.


Q: What have been your favorite classes in high school and why?

A: Any of the classes I have had with Mrs. Thompson. She is an absolutely incredible teacher who has challenged me and expanded my abilities more than anyone else I know.

Q: How do you prepare for a big test?

A: My friends and I always study together, quizzing each other at Traders Coffee.

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

A: I would love to volunteer at a hospital to help the elderly. They have amazing experiences and life stories that I would love to hear about while doing whatever I could to assist them.

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

A: Academic team, reading, painting and volleyball

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

A: “Don’t be afraid of taking risks.” Some of the best experiences I have ever had occurred when I was willing to put myself out there.

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

A: I would love to have graduated from a respected college and be embarking on a career in engineering or law; possibly starting a family.


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