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April Student of the Month Riley Morrissey

Riley Morrissey is Newman’s Central Catholic High School’s April Student of the Month. Riley plans to study nursing at Bradley University in Peoria.
Riley Morrissey is Newman’s Central Catholic High School’s April Student of the Month. Riley plans to study nursing at Bradley University in Peoria.

Senior Riley Morrissey, 18, is the Newman Central Catholic High School April Student of the Month. He is the son of Doug and Darla Morrissey of Dixon; his siblings are Traci, 39, of Byron, Roni, 35, of Texas, and Patrick, 27, also of Texas.

Favorite class: Physics. I like all the equations. And I think Ms. [Lisa] Cook is a really good teacher.

Top teacher: Diana Wade, math. She’s always available if you ever need help. She explains things in depth and enables you to solve the problems.

Extracurriculars: Cross country, spring musical, vice president of the National Honor Society, BLIND leader and Rotary Club.

After graduation: I’m going to Bradley University and will major in nursing.

Best friends: Brady Reuter and J.P. Neisewander, both juniors at Newman. I’ve known them since about first grade. We’ve always hung out together and always been there for each other.

Favorite musical group: Mumford & Sons.

Favorite actor: Johnny Depp.

Favorite movie: “Avatar.”

Favorite TV show: “That ’70s Show.”

Hobbies: Photography, skiing, wakeboarding and 4-wheeling.

Favorite outdoor activity: Downhill skiing.

Favorite food: Crab.

Favorite website: Facebook.

Biggest fear: Crashing in a plane.

Pet peeve: Squeaky shoes.

Haunts: Walmart. We play hide-and-seek.

I’m in the dictionary next to: Honest. I always tell the truth, even if people don’t want to hear it.

Personal trivia: I went to Italy (Rome, to be specific) over Christmas break.

Dream job: CIA agent.

Trading places: With the president. I think it would be interesting and scary at the same time to see all the different areas of politics he deals with and just what daily life is like for him.

Trading spaces: Sicily. It looks like a great place to go.

Read this: “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. It deals with a new society and how things are run. It’s just interesting to see what this new society would be and how the government would control it, even if it was bad.

What would you do if you had $100,000? I’d give a quarter of it away to a charity, then spend the rest of it on my family and me to go somewhere nice.

What do you wish your high school offered? Ski club.

What’s a tip you would give freshmen for making high school life easier? Don’t worry about the little things.

Shout out to: Chloe Klein, a sixth-grader at St. Mary School in Dixon.

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