Senior Kacie Jo Dillow, 17, of Dixon, is Dixon High School’s October Student of the Month. Her parents are Jim and Deb Dillow of Dixon; her sister, Brittlyn, 19, plays Division I soccer at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She has two cats, Angel and Cleo.
Favorite class: AP calculus, as awful as it sounds. I love the challenge, and math always has been my favorite subject. It is always so concrete and there’s no subjective interpretation involved, which is how I like it.
Favorite teacher: Martha Mauch. She taught me for 3 years in geometry, pre-calculus and now calculus. I really like her organized teaching style, and the way she presents the information. For such a hard class, she really knows how to approach it.
Extracurriculars: Sports take up the majority of my time. I cheerlead in the fall, play basketball in the winter and soccer in the spring, with recreational tumbling on the side. I’m also involved in a handful of clubs throughout DHS, like National Honor Society, B.L.I.N.D., peer jury, Envirothon, and this year I am president of Student Council.
After graduation: I plan to attend Drake University and study pre-dentistry, in hopes of being admitted into dental school to become an orthodontist.
Paycheck: I’ve never really had the time for a job with my busy schedule, but when I can fit it in, I baby-sit.
Best friend: My big sister, Brittlyn. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her love and support. She is my hero, and I know I can depend on her for anything, even if she is 8 hours away.
Favorite singer: Taylor Swift. She is my idol, hands down. I like to believe that one day we’ll be best friends.
Favorite actor: Ryan Gosling. Enough said.
Favorite movies/TV shows: Disney movies, and for shows, it’s a draw between “Pretty Little Liars” and “Law and Order: SVU.”
Hobbies: I’m always painting designs on my nails and reading.
Favorite outdoor activity: Camping with my grandma at Jellystone Park in Amboy.
Favorite food: S’mores.
Biggest fear? Failing at anything.
Pet peeve? Repeating my mistakes.
I’m in the dictionary next to: Perfectionist. I try to be the best I can be in everything I do.
Personal trivia: Sadly, I can’t swim.
Dream job: Astronaut. I’ve always been fascinated with the stars and it would be incredible to see them up close.
Trading places: Taylor Swift. In my eyes, she is living the perfect life and I would love to be her, even for just a day.
Trading spaces: Australia. It’s beautiful and it has always been my childhood dream.
Read this: “Perfect Match” by Jodi Picoult. It’s basically a more detailed and eventful episode of “Law and Order: SVU” in book form. I couldn’t put it down.
What would you do if you had $100,000? I would donate some to local animal and pet shelters, and put the rest toward college.
What do you wish your high school offered? A cooking class. I am awful at making anything besides toast.
What advice would you give freshmen for making high school easier? Get involved and be true to yourself.
Shout out to: Jen Keuhl, my close friend and neighbor.