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March Student of the Month Dominic Schantz

Senior Dominic Schantz, 18, is one of Sterling High School’s March Students of the Month. He is the son of Glen and Nina Schantz of Sterling; his brother is Ben Schantz, 26, a graduate student at Indiana University.

Favorite class: English 101 and 103, through Sauk Valley Community College. It’s all about more college-level work and getting me ready for the next level.

Top teacher: Emily Johnson, English. She teaches us the dos and don’ts of writing a paper and makes sure ... you’re up to par for college.

After graduation: I’m going to Sauk Valley Community College for 2 years, then I’ll transfer to Northern Illinois University and major in accounting.

Paycheck: I’m a hard-lines associate – so I handle electronics, auto, anything that requires heavy lifting – at Kmart in Sterling. I like it. It brings in the paycheck, which is nice.

Best friends: Skyler and Jamison De La Fuente and Tyler Shaw. They’re just the people I always hang out with, crack jokes with. We met in high school and are just good friends.

Favorite musical artist: Macklemore.

Favorite movie: “The Godfather.”

Favorite TV show: “NCIS.”

Hobbies: Hanging out with my friends, playing Xbox. Collecting Jordan shoes, too.

Favorite game: Badminton.

Favorite food: Anything Italian.

Favorite place to shop: Finish Line.

Where do you spend time online? Facebook.

Biggest fear: Heights.

Pet peeve: Not keeping your word.

What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Death metal.

Haunts: Walmart. We’re always walking around there aimlessly. When you’re in a small town and there’s nothing to do, you go to Walmart and pick up a foam sword and battle your friends in the aisle.

I’m in the dictionary next to: Awesome. I just am, really. At least, I think I am.

Secret twin: I don’t really have one, but people call me ‘Dom,’ and they relate that to Vin Diesel’s character in “The Fast and the Furious.”

Personal trivia: I can be outgoing. I come off really shy, really shy. But I can be talkative.

Dream job: CEO of a big corporation. I’d want to know what it’s like to be the head of a company.

Trading places: Donald Trump. Who wouldn’t love being rich?

Trading spaces: Italy. That’s where my mom’s side of the family came from.

Read this: “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. It’s an interesting book, kind of a prophecy of what’s happening today, that we’re all too attached to [electronics] and don’t have enough human interaction.

What would you do if you had $100,000? I’d definitely put it toward college student loans, then after that, invest, invest, invest.

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

What’s a tip you would give freshmen for making high school life easier? Don’t take being a freshman for granted. You might be the low man on the totem pole, but once you get to the top, it’s stressful ... Enjoy your days as a high school student. It’s not going to get any easier.

Shout out to: My grandfather, Joe Adami of Sterling.

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