Student of the week, Palisade High School senior Joshua Newhouse

Joshua Newhouse, Palisade High School

GPA: 3.6

Favorite book and its author: "Love Does" By Bob Goff

Favorite TV show: "Chuck"

Favorite band or musician: Chris Stapleton

After-school activities: YoungLife, playing guitar, lacrosse, fly fishing, skiing, rock climbing.

Parents: Mark & Nancy Newhouse

Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Steele, because he has a wide understanding of the environment which connects to my personal interest. His teaching style pushes me to problem solve and think about the bigger picture. Also he always wears a Hawaiian shirt which is just too cool!

Personal hero and why: John Muir, because his work changed the way people saw their forests, oceans, mountains and deserts. He not only led the efforts to protect forest areas and have them designated as national parks, but his work created within people a respect for all life.

Preferred college: Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Dream job: Helicopter ski guide, school administrator, youth ministry though outdoor recreation.

Highlight of your high school experience: Developing strong friendships with students, team members, teachers and coaches through athletics and classroom experiences.

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?

A: I am most proud of the way I have carried myself through high school. My parents taught me from a young age the importance of integrity, I feel that I have truly lived out those morals in my high school experience and that to me is a great accomplishment.

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

A: Principle Dan Bollinger and his administration have truly given me an overall amazing experience at Palisade and I'm very thankful for that. I think that Palisade is awesome how it is and would not change anything.

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

A: I would have dinner with my grandpa, Jacob Newhouse, who died shortly after I was born. I chose him because I've grown up hearing about his humble and kind ways, his strong faith and the way he loved my family.

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

A: I would travel the rivers of North America fly fishing and picking up trash. As an angler I have a deep respect for the water and beautiful species of fish that live in it. If I have the honor of netting these fish, then I feel I must do my part by cleaning up the mess that's created in their homes.

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

A: Ride your own wave, don't worry about what other kids are thinking or doing. Surround yourself with positive people and impact the lives of those who are negative. Do what you love, and always stay true to yourself.

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