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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.

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