Student of the Week: Grand Junction High School senior Donovan Marshall

GPA: 4.35

Favorite book and its author: "To Have and Have Not" by Ernest Hemingway

Favorite TV show: Mad Men

Favorite band or musician: Mac Miller

After-school activities: Varsity tennis doubles player, varsity hurdler and sprinter in track and field, president and founder of PB&J Club which provides sack lunches to Grand Junction’s homeless every Thursday after school, and also volunteer work with community organizations such as Kids Aid, RiversEdge West, and St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center.

Parents: Garrett and Tara Marshall

Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Weekley, because he pushed me to give my best effort and set me up with successful study habits for the rest of high school.

Personal hero and why: Martin Luther King Jr., because of his ability to create change through peaceful actions and sacrifice for the greater good of humanity.

Preferred college: Colorado College

Dream job: Working as a Colorado senator or working for the FBI.

Highlight of your high school experience: Playing in the Grand Junction vs. Fruita football game as a freshman, nothing compares to the intensity and pressure to perform against your across-town rival

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?

A: I am most proud of graduating the Teen FBI Academy in Denver this past summer, it was an eye opening and motivating experience for me.

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

A: I would try to contact donors so that the school could get funds to improve the facilities to the level that the teachers and students deserve.

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

A: I would choose Henry Kissinger because he was an influential figure in a defining period of the United States and I would like to know how he came to make the decisions he did under so much pressure.

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

A: I would live in the White House so that I could learn how the top U.S. government officials deal with and overcome the pressures of leadership on a large scale.

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

A: Work as hard as you can at academics. Sports and social activities are fun and will always be there, but the more you capitalize on these four years academically the better off you will be for college and the rest of your life.

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