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March Student of the Month Michelle Nickrent

Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013 12:26 p.m. CDT
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Senior Michelle Nickrent, 18, is one of Sterling High School's March Students of the Month. She's going to the University of Illinois to study crop science.

Senior Michelle Nickrent, 18, is one of Sterling High School’s March Students of the Month. She is the daughter of Greg and Margaret Nickrent of Sterling; her sisters are Kaitlin Nickrent, 24, of Lombard, and Kelly Nickrent, 21, a graduate student at Illinois State University. They have a cocker spaniel named Duke.

Favorite class: English 103, through Sauk Valley Community College. Emily Johnson is a wonderful, caring teacher. I’ve learned a lot from the class, and my writing has advanced a lot because of it.

Top teacher: Dana Francis, English. He’s really caring, he knows me personally and we get along really well. He’s mature with his students and cares about what they have to say.

Extracurriculars: Tennis; marching, pep and concert bands (trombone); president of the National Honor Society and stage manager/stage crew for the school musicals.

After graduation: I’m going to the University of Illinois to study crop science. I’m also going to be in the Marching Illini.

Paycheck: I’m in the Sterling Municipal Band. It’s really enjoyable. I’ve really grown as a musician.

Best friend: Alex Crump, a student at Sauk Valley Community College. He’s easy to talk to and he helps me out with advice on school and friendships and stuff.

Favorite musical group: Maroon 5.

Favorite actor: Ryan Gosling.

Favorite TV show: Anything on Bravo or TLC. I like the trashy TV shows.

Hobbies: Hanging out with my friends. I don’t really have a lot of spare time, otherwise.

Favorite outdoor activity: Tennis.

Favorite food: Chicken. I love it all: chicken tenders, nuggets, whatever.

Where do you spend time online? Pinterest or Facebook.

Biggest fear: Drowning.

Pet peeve: I hate it when my dog licks himself. I also don’t like people who use double negatives.

Haunts: Usually Cobblestone Ice Cream and Deli or Arthur’s Garden Deli.

I’m in the dictionary next to: Positive. I’m a person who would rather look at the glass as half full, find the better side of the situation. I don’t like Debbie Downers.

Secret twin: Not really. I look like my dad, but I take that as a compliment.

Personal trivia: I’ve been to 45 of the 50 states and six countries.

Dream job: CEO of a Fortune 500 company. I’m big on leadership, so I think it would be interesting to see what they really do during the day, because they run the whole company.

Trading places: Bill Gates. I think that would be interesting, because he’s so filthy rich.

Trading spaces: Ireland. That’s where my heritage is, and that’s where both my sisters have traveled, and they loved it.

Read this: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. It’s a different perspective on that time. And it’s interesting how all the slaves got together to get the book out. And it’s humorous.

What would you do if you had $100,000? I would invest $10,000, then pay for my college and keep whatever was left, if anything was left.

What do you wish your high school offered? A weather class.

What’s a tip you would give freshmen for making high school life easier? Meet upperclassmen, and get involved as soon as possible.

Shout out to: Hannah Matheney and Rachel McGuire, also seniors at Sterling High School.

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