Senior Indy Douglas, 18, is one of Sterling High School’s February Students of the Month. He is the son of Mark and Sally Douglas of Coleta; his sister is Stormy Douglas, 17, a junior at Sterling High School. The family also has a cat named Squirt.
Favorite class: Physics. Mrs. [Elisa] Gatz is a great teacher; she is a joy to be around, and she makes the stuff easy to understand. It’s an experience, to say the least.
Top teacher: Deb Sandholm, biology. I came from a private school, so I was in all the regular classes. She pulled me aside and said, ‘You don’t belong here. ... You need to be in Advanced Placement.’ She got me into advanced biology and a bunch of other advanced classes.
Extracurriculars: Band (saxophone), Scholastic Bowl, Animaniacs (a club for fans of anime and Japanese culture); and track.
After graduation: I’ll do 2 years at Sauk Valley Community College, then transfer to Northern Illinois University. I plan to study early childhood education.
Best friend: My sister. Being out in Coleta, it’s just the two of us. We’re only 17 months apart, so we share almost a twin-like bond.
Favorite musical group: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
Favorite actor: Johnny Depp.
Favorite movie: “Howl’s Moving Castle.”
Favorite TV show: “Dr. Who.”
Hobbies: Playing music, art and Airsoft.
Favorite outdoor activity: Soccer.
Favorite food: My mom’s chili.
Favorite place to shop: FYE.
Where do you spend time online: Playing “League of Legends.”
Biggest fear: Slowing down.
Pet peeve: Because I’m going to be a teacher – when people use double negatives.
Haunts: I love, love, love to go to the conventions for anime. My friends and I otherwise go up to Rockford or over to the Quad Cities to hang out.
I’m in the dictionary next to: Happy. A lot of people comment to me, ‘You always seem to be smiling and have a spring in your step.’ That’s just me trying to keep moving forward.
Secret twin: Johnny Depp.
Personal trivia: Despite being a pretty happy guy, I’m actually a little shy.
Dream job: Music teacher. I’d love to teach little kids how to play instruments, like my music teacher did for me.
Trading places: The saxophonist from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. I’d just like to experience what it’s like to make music on that grand of a scale.
Trading spaces: Japan, to see the architecture and experience the rich cultural history. It’s beautiful there.
Read this: “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. It’s very thought-provoking. It talks about literacy and the modern age.
What would you do if you had $100,000? It’s stereotypical, but I’d put it away for college.
What do you wish your high school offered? Japanese.
What’s a tip you would give freshmen for making high school life easier? Don’t wait till senior year to try something new, like I did with track. There are hundreds of programs offered here that you’re not going to get anywhere else. Take advantage of them.
Shout out to: My mom.