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November Student of the Month Rachel Hageman

Senior Rachel Hageman, 17, of Dixon, is Newman Central Catholic High School’s November Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Larry and Sue Hageman of Dixon; her brother is Matt Hageman, 22, and her sister is Kate Hageman, 20, both students at Illinois State University. The family has a golden retriever named Allie, too.

Favorite class: Calculus. I love math, and it’s always come easy to me, so it’s always been my favorite subject.

Favorite teachers: Diana Wade, algebra, and Ann Propheter, calculus. They’re both so smart, and I really respect them as my math teachers.

Extracurriculars: Volleyball, basketball and track; Math Club, Key Club and National Honor Society. I’m a Kairos leader and an Illinois State Scholar, too.

After graduation: I’m going to the University of Iowa, and I’m going to major in engineering.

Paycheck: Last summer, I worked at Selmi’s in Rock Falls. It was very fun. It was a good first job experience, just a really comfortable working environment.

Best friends: I have a really big group of close friends.

Favorite singer: Phillip Phillips.

Favorite movie: “Water for Elephants.”

Favorite TV show: “The Big Bang Theory.”

Hobbies: I love to paint nails. I like to read. And I really love to watch movies.

Favorite game or outdoor activity: Basketball in the driveway with my brother.

Favorite food: Cheese pizza from Angelo’s.

Favorite place to shop: American Eagle.

Favorite website: Pinterest. I could stay on that site for hours.

Favorite trend: Boots and scarves – all the wintry clothes.

One last favorite: I’m really big into shoes. I have way too many.

Biggest fear: Disappointing other people.

Pet peeve: When people don’t do their homework.

What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Screamo.

I’m in the dictionary next to: Creative. Sometimes I think outside the box. That’s one of the reasons I want to be an engineer. Sometimes I come up with things other people don’t.

Personal trivia: I can be really funny. And I love dogs.

Dream job: Veterinarian.

Trading places: I would trade places with Miranda Lambert because I’d want to experience what it means to be musical. I am not a musical person whatsoever.

Trading spaces: Hawaii. It just seems like a really good vacation spot. Plus, I love the beach.

Read this: “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins. It was a really easy read, but it held my attention. And I sort of like the futuristic thing.

What would you do if you had $100,000? I’d probably save it all to pay for college and take that [responsibility] off my parents.

What do you wish your high school offered? I wish we had a home economics class. I don’t know how to cook, and I really want to know how to. I think that’s kind of an important life skill.

What’s a tip you would give freshmen for making high school life easier? Try going out for sports. It’s a good way to get an instant group of friends.

Shout out to: My family, my boyfriend and my basketball team.

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