Student of the week, Fruita Monument High School senior Kathryn Kennedy

GPA: 4.23

Favorite book and its author: "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite TV show: "Parks and Recreation"

Favorite band or musician: For King and Country

After-school activities: Marching band, volunteer tutor at Riverside Educational Center, attend Monument Presbyterian Church, Leadership Council, Key Club

Parents: Cody and Summer Kennedy

Favorite teacher and why: I have had so many amazing teachers who have inspired me to pursue a career in education. Two teachers that stand out for me are my band directors, Mrs. Kamstra and Mr. Crabtree. In middle school, Mrs. Kamstra helped me find a love for music and made band something that I would always want to be a part of. She always made her classroom a positive place to be. In high school, Mr. Crabtree has taught me what it means to be a leader. He works so hard to make sure that his students are not only good musicians, but great people. Mr. Crabtree always values the growth, effort and experience for his students over any score that we would receive. Both of these teachers have been great examples for me.

Personal hero and why: My personal heroes are my parents. My parents have taught me to be kind and work hard. My mom and dad both care so much about our family and they encourage my sisters and I to try our best and to help one another.

Preferred college: Colorado State University

Preferred career: Band director

Highlight of your high school experience: The highlight of my high school experience has been my involvement in the band program at Fruita Monument. I have participated in marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble and jazz band. I made so many amazing memories and I loved being a part of something that is bigger than myself.

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?

A: I am very proud to have served as a drum major for the Fruita Monument High School marching band for the last two years. My experience as drum major has taught me so much and helped me to become the person that I want to be. I try my best to be a servant leader for our organization. I have absolutely loved being surrounded by so many students who work so hard and care so much.

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

A: Fruita Monument High School is a great place and I am so thankful to be graduating as a Wildcat. If I were to implement a new requirement at our school, it would be for all students to be involved in at least one school-sponsored activity, club or organization. I think belonging to a group of people who share your same interests is so important as a young person. My involvement in various organizations has helped me make friends and make the most of my high school experience. I think when freshmen enter high school and are suddenly surrounded by hundreds of classmates, it is easy to feel lost and overwhelmed. My desire would be for all students to find a sense of belonging in a group of their peers.

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

A: I would choose to have dinner with my grandpa, John Leane, or "Pop" as we called him. My grandpa passed away almost three years ago. I would love to eat a cheeseburger with him and tell him all about my life right now. I know that looking toward college in the fall he would give me his classic advice, "Don't screw it up!" Pop was always so kind and encouraged me in everything I did.

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

A: Honestly, I am so excited to be heading to CSU this fall to study Music Education and that is really how I would choose to spend the next year. I worked hard to be accepted to their program and I can't wait to get started.

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

A: I would tell myself to be confident in who you are and to find ways to help other people.

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