Favorite book and its author: "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
Favorite TV show: "The Flash"
Favorite band or musician: Dodie Clark
After-school activities: Varsity volleyball, club volleyball and Key Club
Parents: Dianna and Troy Thomson
Personal hero and why: My volleyball coach Michelle Smith. Michelle is the kindest, most accepting person I have ever met. She has inspired me to be the best person that I can.
Preferred college: South Dakota School of Mines
Preferred career: Software engineering
Highlight of your high school experience: All my AP (Advanced Placement) classes. They have pushed me to be more creative while teaching me that everything I am learning is applicable in the real world.
Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: I am most proud of being voted team co-captain of the volleyball team with Kenzie Wells. I was extremely grateful for the trust that my team put in me by voting me to be a leader on the team.
Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: I would encourage teachers to apply their subjects to real-life scenarios. I have learned far more by seeing how the angle of a laser changes when passing through an acrylic block than by being lectured to for 45 minutes.
Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: I would choose Henry Clay. He is my favorite historical figure because of the fact he is overlooked a lot. He made our country work together through many important compromises.
Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
A: I would travel while doing service projects. I really want to be able to travel to experience new cultures while helping to change the lives of individual people for the better.
Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
A: I would tell myself that happiness is found within. You must choose to be happy and fight for it, choose to see the good instead of the bad. It works wonders.