Student of the Week: Fruita Monument High School senior Abigail Brown

GPA: 4.5

Favorite book and its author: "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living" by Dale Carnegie

Favorite TV show: "Friends"

Favorite band or musician: Ed Sheeran

After-school activities: Marching band, ski club, National Honors Society, cashier at Home Depot

Parents: Penelope Monroe and Reeves Brown

Favorite teacher and why: My favorite teacher is Ms. Anne McCorkle, a former AP European History teacher at Fruita Monument. Ms. McCorkle helped me to find a new interest in history and a passion for traveling and exploring the world. When she taught at our school, she would take time out of her day to help me come up with a plan for college, next year's course requirements, how one would tackle scholarships. As of right now, I would very much like to become an AP History teacher as a future career. The experience I had in her class has taught me so much about history and life in general, and I would love to have the opportunity to impact people the way she has impacted me.

Personal hero and why: My personal hero is my mom. She is an amazingly strong woman that has shown me what it means to have true strength and confidence. At age 20, she worked until she had the money to send herself to France, where she worked as an au pair for a couple months before returning home. She has tackled so much of life's difficulties on her own, and yet at the same time she has taught me of how important it is to lean on your loved ones and conquer fear together as a family.

Preferred college: University of Denver

Dream job: AP History teacher

Highlight of your high school experience: The highlight of my high school career has been this, my last and favorite year, of the marching band. This year I've had the privilege to serve as one of the two FMHS drum majors for our Wildcat Marching Band. It has brought so much joy into my life to be able to lead and work with these kids. Marching band is a sort of dysfunctional family in which everyone has a place, and this is part of what makes it my favorite part of high school. You always fit in somewhere.

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?

A: Becoming a drum major for the 2018-19 school year.

Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?

A: I would want to start a Big Brother/Big Sister program, much like the one we have for this year's marching band. Incoming sophomores would be matched up with an upperclassman (junior or senior) that was responsible and trusted by their teachers to contact their little brother/sister and help them find their classes, learn the workings of a high school, and remind them of upcoming school events. This gives kids a way to connect to another person in their school and would hopefully prevent some from being left out. Our band director started this kind of program for the marching band this year to help out rookie marchers, and it's been a wonderful idea for the band to keep kids connected.

Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?

A: I would have dinner with Queen Elizabeth II. The queen is someone who has lived through a lot of trauma and a lot of tough choices. She has made the most of her circumstances and tried to give her people the best she could give. I think this is an admirable effort, and being a bit of a history buff, I'd love to sit and talk with her about why she made some of the choices that she did. Our history holds the key to understanding our present, and I think it's important to learn everything we can about it.

Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?

A: I would travel around Europe. Europe is a haven for some of the most interesting histories, most creative arts, most heartfelt pieces of literature, and most colorful foods. I would love to travel Europe for a year, spending a bit of time in each country to absorb the culture and talk with the locals because the thought of getting to know other cultures fascinates me. There's so much beauty to be found in the world, and I think it would be absolutely a dream come true to have the chance to spend a year in awe of the beauty within our earth.

Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?

A: Have confidence. Be fearless. I spent a lot of time worrying needlessly over trivial matters, and I could've saved so much time by just being confident in my own person. Believing in yourself is sometimes the hardest thing for us to do, but you'll never know what you're capable of unless you let yourself try.

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