Student of the Week: Fruita Monument High School senior Truth Hafey

GPA: 4.19

Favorite book and its author: "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

Favorite TV show: "One Tree Hill"

Favorite band or musician: Jason Aldean

After-school activities: Volleyball, track and field, Younglife and National Honors Society

Parents: Corey and Tami Hafey

Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Hoisington, because he makes learning about a subject that I don't really love very enjoyable and is amazing at connecting with his students. He is also our sponsor for FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), which is very important to me. On top of everything, he has proven that he will go out of his way to make sure that any one of his students is safe and he truly cares about us.

Personal hero and why: My dad, because he is always teaching me about how to become a better person and encourages me and many other people to perform at the best of our abilities. He has experienced hardship in his life, and I admire how he grows from those difficult times. He is very personable, funny, caring, and never ceases to amaze me in how strong he is in his faith. He is my hero because I aspire to have these qualities and know that I will always have someone looking out for me and pointing me in the right direction.

Preferred college: I don't have a specific college yet, but I would really like the opportunity to go to a college in California and play volleyball.

Preferred career: Financial adviser. I love the thought of creating financial security for people after they have worked so hard.

Highlight of your high school experience: Hopefully a state volleyball championship is in the near future.

Q&A:

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?

A: I am most proud of being a part of the journey that our volleyball team has been on since our freshman year. I had the opportunity to be the starting setter and captain of the volleyball team as a freshman. We didn't have a great varsity record in that first year, but have stuck together for four years now and have had a large amount of success here at the end. This has been a great learning experience and shows that hard work pays off.

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

A: I would put on different activities after school or during our SAT (Student Access Time). This would give students the chance to meet people they wouldn't normally hang out with. This would build a more empathetic and tight-knit student body so that people would feel more acceptance. Hopefully, people would become nicer and more accepting of their peers, while also encouraging school spirt.

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. He passed away this year. He was a real sports nut, and I would love to talk to him about the great season we are having in volleyball. He would "know" that we were going to win state and make me believe it, too. He always knew how to give us a good laugh and some good advice about life.

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

A: I would go to Hawaii and learn how to surf because I love the warm weather and have always wanted to surf. Hawaii is a beautiful place where adventure awaits.

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

A: I would tell myself to get involved, find something you love and work to better yourself every day.

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