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.