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Tyler Speer – Western Slope Ford Student of the Week

Student of the Week, Fruita Monument High School senior Tyler Speer

GPA: 4.43

Favorite book and its author:
“The Hobbit” by JRR Tolkien

Favorite TV show:
“Friends”

Favorite band or musician:
Frank Sinatra

After-school activities:
Soccer, Golf, Skiing, NHS

Parents:
Erik and Shari Speer

Favorite teacher and why:
Mrs. George, because she is a very personable and fun teacher. She gets to know all of her students personally and develops relationships with them.
Personal hero and why: My parents have shown me that anything is possible if I set my mind to something. They have encouraged me to be the best that I can be.

Preferred college:
Seattle Pacific University

Preferred career:
Accounting/finance

Highlight of your high school experience:
Our soccer team played Montrose my sophomore year and we had to win the game to reach the state playoffs. We won 1-0 to clinch a spot and it was an incredible experience.

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: I am most proud of receiving a scholarship for both my academics and athletics. I am excited to continue my education and my soccer career in college.

Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: I would implement a career development course where students could get some direction with their interests. This would allow students to focus on what they are most interested in for the future.

Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: I would have dinner with Lionel Messi because he is truly an inspiration. He has overcome such incredible obstacles along his journey to get to where he is. Being a small person myself, Messi has proven to me that you can be small and still be successful playing soccer at a high level.

Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
A: I would choose to go to Europe and travel all over for a year. Europe has so many historical landmarks and I would enjoy visiting all of those locations. I would enjoy learning about other cultures and I would go watch lots of professional soccer games during my time there.

Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
A: I would tell myself to enjoy the high school experience. There will never be a time like high school again in your life, so get the most out of it and enjoy it to the fullest.

The Daily Sentinel Student of the Week is brought to you by Western Slope Ford.

Alyssa Benson – Western Slope Ford Student of the Week

Student of the Week, Grand Junction High School senior Alyssa Benson

GPA: 3.95

Favorite book and its author:
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite TV show:
“Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite band or musician:
Destiny’s Child

After-school activities:
Lifeguarding for Grand Junction Parks and Recreation, spending time with friends and family, hiking, and rock climbing

Parents:
Jennifer Reid and Matt Benson

Favorite teacher and why:
I love a lot of the teachers that I have had at GJHS but my favorite would have to be Mr. Gregg. He has the most positive and reassuring attitude of anyone I have ever met. He never failed to put a smile on my face. He pushed us every day in class while continuing to make it fun and appeal to our age group.

Personal hero and why:
My grandpa recently had a stroke, causing him to lose most of his function on his right side. For the past three months he has been working hard with physical, speech, and occupational therapy and despite what he believes, he has come a long way. He is my personal hero because even though he is going through probably the worst time of his life, he still keeps a cheerful and positive outlook and manages to laugh through it all.

Preferred college:
Colorado State University

Dream job:
Neonatal surgeon with board certifications in both obstetrics and gynecology and maternal and fetal medicine.

Highlight of your high school experience:
The highlight of my high school experience was going to the HOSA (Future Healthcare Professionals of America) Leadership Conference. My friend, Kylee Millican, and I placed within the top 10 in state for both emergency medicine and forensics medicine.

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: Since the day I turned 15, in May of my freshman year, I have been working as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the City of Grand Junction. For the past three years I have been working weeknights, weekends, and summers while participating in sports, and maintaining an A average. Earlier this year, I was promoted to the position of a head lifeguard. It gave me great honor to be recognized by my bosses, Pete Ashman and Trish Rothwell, as well as my coworkers.

Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: I am not a huge fan of our new schedule this year. We almost have a different daily schedule for each day of the week and it can be confusing. If I were the principal of GJHS for a week I would change our schedule back to how it was my freshman year. We had late start and advisory on Mondays and the rest of the week was our normal schedule.

Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: I would have dinner with Michelle Obama. Me and my family are proud supporters of the Obama family and administration. Michelle has encouraged me and thousands of other girls around the nation to be who they truly are despite the judgements of others. She is intelligent, kind and inspires me with every speech she writes.

Q: What advice would you give yourself as a freshman?
A: If I could give my freshman-self advice, it would be to get more involved. Go to every football game, tennis match, bowling tournament, basketball game, and swim meet to support your peers and show spirit for your school. It goes by much faster than you expect and you’ll never have this same experience again.

The Daily Sentinel Student of the Week is brought to you by Western Slope Ford.

Kaden Jolley – Western Slope Ford Student of the Week

Fruita Monument High School senior Kaden Jolley
GPA: 4.1

Favorite book and its author:
“Mistborn” by Brandon Sanderson

Favorite TV show:
“How I Met Your Mother”

Favorite band or musician:
The old Taylor Swift but not really the country Taylor Swift.

After-school activities:
Football, lacrosse, snowboarding, wake surfing, mountain biking or working out.

Parents:
Tyler and Jeena Jolley

Favorite teacher and why:
Mrs. Sexe. She has never been irritable or mean ever in her teaching career and she’s super knowledgeable.

Personal hero and why:
Stan Lee. The man created an empire of amazing stories and timeless heroes that anyone can enjoy. R.I.P to the GOAT.

Preferred college:
Utah State

Preferred career:
Orthodontist

Highlight of your high school experience:
Junior year homecoming football game. It was the best two and a half minutes of football I’ve ever played.

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: Building the to-scale millennium falcon LEGO set.

Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: I would change the start time for all seniors for one week so they don’t have to wake up to an alarm.  They can just show up to school when they wake up well rested.

Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: Chris Farley for two reasons: he was a hilarious comedian and I would like to see if I could eat more than him.

Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
A: Shadow a director that I admire, such as Steven Spielberg, and just see how things work in the world of film.

Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
A: Hang in there, you’ll thin out a little eventually

The Daily Sentinel Student of the Week is brought to you by Western Slope Ford.

Teagan Yake – Western Slope Ford Student of the Week

Palisade High School senior Teagan Yake
GPA: 4.34

Favorite book and its author:
“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite TV show:
“Supernatural”

Favorite band or musician:
Thomas Rhett

After-school activities:
Soccer, National Honor Society, guest service representative for City of Grand Junction Aquatics, St. Mary’s volunteer, spending time with friends and family.

Parents:
Kevin and Julianne Yake

Favorite teacher and why:
Mr. Borgmann is my favorite teacher because he has pushed me to be the best that I can be, and he has believed in me since day one.
Personal hero and why: My personal hero is my dad. My dad has sacrificed so much for me to have the life that I have and he has persevered through ever challenge that he has faced. I know that if I can even get close to all that my dad has done that my life will be successful.

Preferred college:
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Dream job:
I would love to work in any type of chemical engineering lab.

Highlight of your high school experience:
The highlight of my high school experience was winning league for the second and third time with my club soccer team. The girls on my team are another set of sisters and it was amazing to see all of the hard work that we had put in together and to have come out successful.

Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: I am most proud of finishing my first full film from scratch. My group and I worked for months on the project and when we were finished with it, it was a huge relief and it was awesome to see something that we had spent so much time on come out successful.

Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: If I were the principal of my high school for a week, I would make sure that there are more intergrade activities. I notice that so many times we as students get caught only interacting with our own grade and it would benefit everyone if we were to communicate and interact between the different grades more.

Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: If I could have dinner with anyone it would be my great-grandpa Burkey because he was such a large influence on my dad’s life and I want to get to know him so that I can fully understand why my dad loved him so much.

Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
A: If I could do anything for one year, I would spend the year traveling the world. I have always wanted to travel and to meet new people and gain new experiences. I love reading and learning about all of the different cultures around the world, so being able to actually travel and see so many of the places that I have read about would be the most amazing way to spend a year.

Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
A: The advice that I would give my freshman self, is to get your work done quickly. Procrastinating has been a problem for me throughout high school and has caused a lot of extra stress that was unnecessary, so I would tell my younger self to not procrastinate and to save myself from a lot of stress.

The Daily Sentinel Student of the Week is brought to you by Western Slope Ford.

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Alyssa Benson – Western Slope Ford Student of the Week

Student of the Week, Grand Junction High School senior Alyssa Benson GPA: 3.95 Favorite book and its author: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy” Favorite band or musician: Destiny’s Child After-school activities: Lifeguarding for... read more

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Palisade High School senior Teagan Yake GPA: 4.34 Favorite book and its author: “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien Favorite TV show: “Supernatural” Favorite band or musician: Thomas Rhett After-school activities: Soccer, National Honor Society, guest service... read more

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