Favorite book and its author: "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" By Richard Feynman
Favorite TV show: "The Office"
Favorite band or musician: The Beatles
After-school activities: Central High School Speech and Debate Team, Future Business Leaders of America, Math Club/Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, volunteering at the John McConnell Math and Science Center, playing the violin
Parent: Shelly Hurt
Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Bichler, because very few people are as insightful and genuine.
Personal hero and why: My mom, because she has taught me to be resilient and hardworking.
Preferred college: MIT or Caltech
Preferred career: Theoretical physicist
Highlight of your high school experience: I believe that the highlight of my high school experience has yet to come. I am most looking forward to graduation day.
Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: This last summer, I joined Citizens for School District 51 as the campaign field organizer. After hundreds of hours of volunteering my own time and working with inspiring individuals, I am extremely proud of our win in the 2017 election.
Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: I would have teachers and administrators participate in an "office hours" period during the school day so that students can easily ask for help or voice concerns.
Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: Famed mathematician and scientist Leonhard Euler, because few other people have made as many contributions to math and physics. I would like to learn more about his thought process when approaching different scientific ideas.
Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
A: I would like to spend a year backpacking and exploring throughout America's public lands in places such as national parks and monuments.
Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
A: You don't have to take the conventional path through high school. This year, I took classes at Colorado Mesa University and will be graduating two years younger than most of my peers. A common misconception is that education is a one- size-fits-all system.