Student of the Week: Central High School senior Spencer Hurt

Central High School senior Spencer Hurt

GPA: 4.48

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&A:

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.

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