Student of the Week: Fruita Monument High School senior Riley Trujillo

GPA: 3.9

Favorite book and its author: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

Favorite TV show: "Dexter"

Favorite band or musician: Harry Styles or Khalid

After-school activities: Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, Kindness is Contagious campaign, FM TV Sports Broadcasting, student council, National Honors Society

Parents: Shawn and Ceemey Trujillo

Favorite teacher and why: It is too hard to pick my favorite teacher because I have had many influential teachers in my educational career. They have each brought new perspective and insight into my life and have been a key factor in helping me grow.

Personal hero and why: My Great-Grandpa Robert Kimble. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and fought in World War II and Vietnam. He is kind, passionate and he never fails to put a smile on my face.

Preferred college: Arizona State University

Preferred career: Sports journalist or multimedia specialist

Highlight of your high school experience: I have loved pursuing my passions in leadership as well as sports broadcasting throughout my high school career. All of the events we have put on in student council and calling play by play for all of the broadcasts of the sports games each count as a highlight in my experience.

Q&A:

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?

A: Though there are many things I am proud of, I am most proud of the efforts of the Kindness is Contagious campaign. I had the amazing opportunity to serve as a co-director and it was extremely rewarding to see all of our group's hard work pay off through various events and kindness initiatives that worked to positively impact our school culture.

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

A: I would develop a specific time for students to explore career paths and to find their passions in life. I think I was lucky to find my niche so early in high school, but I think students would enjoy school more if they were able to work toward a goal or spend more time on things they are passionate about.

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

A: Though this answer seems to be a bit cliché, I would love to have dinner with Martin Luther King Jr. I would want to learn how he successfully led thousands of people and how he dealt with unmeasurable adversity. He has inspired me to always stand up and fight for what I believe in, and he has strongly impacted my perspective on leadership.

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

A: I would love to travel to Africa and be a teacher for a year. I would love to develop relationships and inspire kids with the beauty of knowledge and learning. I would also love to indulge in their culture and challenge myself to live from the perspective of someone in an undeveloped country.

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

A: As a freshman I saw high school as the single prime time of my life to be successful. Knowing what I know now, I would tell my freshman self to not drive myself insane over an abstract idea of what success is. Work hard and enjoy the time you have; you have the rest of your life to worry about filling up your resume.

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