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.