Student of the Week: Grand Junction High School senior Abram Sanchez

Grand Junction High School senior Abram Sanchez. Photo by Kelly Sparks, Smiles in There Photography

GPA: 4.21

Favorite book: "Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Favorite TV show: "The Office"

Favorite musician: Eden

After school activities: High school and club soccer and the high school bowling team. 

Parents: Daisy and Alex Sanchez

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Rhyne because she has always pushed me to be the best I can be, whatever I am doing, and has supported me so much throughout my sophomore through senior year. She has been the one to push me to strive to succeed. 

Personal hero: My father because of how he has been such a great example of what a loving and providing husband and father is, and how hard he works for the good of the family that depends on him. 

Preferred college: Colorado Mesa University

Preferred career: Engineering (mechanical or aerospace) or an aircraft pilot. 

Highlight of your high school career: Being able to represent my school and city through the soccer team, having the best season in at least 15 years this year and all the while obtaining the best group of teammates and friends I could ever ask for. 

Q&A:

Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

A: To earn the opportunity to go on and play soccer on the collegiate level after high school for the college I've dreamed playing for. Now it's a dream come true. 

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

A: I would institute programs in the major subject areas where students can experiment in different career fields and experience what it is like to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world problems in the career they have interest in. That way students can have a clearer picture as to what and why they are learning in the classroom, rather then merely memorizing material for the sake of a grade. 

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

A: I would choose myself in 30 years. I would love to discuss how my ideals and values have changed and what I hold dear to my heart, as well as what qualities and views we share that I possess at this point in time. It would also be an unequivocal source of good advice. 

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

A: I would go to a foreign country, preferably in a rural area, and learn a trade through apprenticeship. I feel like it would be a great way to be immersed in a different culture, maybe learning a different language and all the while being taught a valuable skill that could become very useful at some point in life. 

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

A: I would definitely give myself a kick in the butt for thinking I knew it all back then. I would then remind him that before he even thinks about feeling like there's nothing left to learn about life and himself, that in reality he knows far less in those two aspects than imaginable, and if he doesn't take it slow and learn to be less arrogant and take his time to learn who he is and how to manage life, it'll come around to haunt him in about two years. 

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