Favorite book and its author: "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite TV show: "Arrested Development"
Favorite band or musician: Cage the Elephant
After-school activities: Downtown Vineyard Youth Group, Art Club, National Honors Society and the FMHS community art piece
Parents: Suzanne and Rob Bergen, and Trevor Williams and Jessica Martinez
Favorite teacher and why: Mrs. Sturrock. I had her for almost all of my art classes and last year for AP art history. Since art history was new last year there were only 10 kids in the class, so we all got to get to know each other and I loved learning about art history. Mrs. Sturrock made it really interesting.
Personal hero and why: My personal hero is my mom. She has been though a lot in her life but she is still the kindest and sweetest person I know. She is just full of unconditional love and is really an inspiration. She has done nothing but support me my entire life.
Preferred college: Columbia University
Dream job: Psychologist
Highlight of your high school experience: In AP Studio Art we take two trips to Denver a year, and on the last one we got to visit the Clyfford Still museum. Seeing all his work and his progression from realism to abstract was breathtaking. Each piece was filled with such emotion I am so happy I got to experience that.
Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: I'm really proud of how far I've come with my art. When I look back at my first pieces I can't believe I ever thought they were good. I'm proud of how I've worked to improve my skills and nothing feels better than finishing a piece you're really proud of.
Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: I would change the dress code. When girls are not allowed to show their shoulders or wear tank tops, and get pulled out of class when they do, while plenty of boys wear tank tops and never get spoken to, it teaches girls that not distracting boys is more important than their education. It also teaches boys that girls are dressing for them and that as boys they cannot control themselves, promoting rape culture.
Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: I don't think I could choose someone. There are so many amazing people I would love to meet, Van Gogh, Gloria Steinem, Elie Wiesel, and so many others, but I'm a firm believer in "don't meet your heroes." What you think of them will always be better than who they are and I don't want to ruin the illusion.
Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
A: I would travel all over the world. I've spent the majority of my life in the Grand Valley and would really cherish any opportunity to experience other cultures and ways of life. Plus I love history and art and would really enjoy seeing where history took place and seeing masterpieces in person.
Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
A: Show more spirit, go to the football games, dress up for spirit days, and get the most out of the "high school experience." Don't not do the things you like just because someone might think it's lame.