Senior Michael Barth, 18, is Dixon High School’s May Student of the Month. His parents are Deb and Jerry Barth, and he has an older sister, Alex.
Favorite class: Honors Choir, because it was a relaxing and fun time I could share with my friends, doing something I loved. I learned a lot and it became a place that I could call home.
Top teacher: Mr. Jeffrey Clark, because I truly respect what he does and the way he handles his classroom. He’s not only a great teacher, he’s a great person.
Extracurriculars: I was the president of the choral department and was in jazz choir, madrigals and jazz band. I participated in the Illinois Musical Educators Association district and state jazz ensembles. Also, I attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference, I was a member of Key Club and Leo Club, and I played tennis.
After graduation: I will attend Sauk Valley Community College in the fall.
Paycheck: I work at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dixon, as a choral member. I love the people there, and singing in the Sunday evening Latin chant service.
Favorite musical group: Cimorelli, six home-schooled sisters from California who sing a cappella covers and originals.
Favorite actor: Robert Downey Jr., because he has such a dry, witty sense of humor.
Favorite TV show: “Avatar, the Last Airbender.” This show was near and dear to me as a child, and coming back to it as an adult I have found much more depth in the morality of the plot.
Hobbies: I enjoy being outdoors, watching storms pass through, spending time with my friends, and music.
Favorite outdoor activities: Watching the rain or playing tennis.
Favorite food: Lasagna and chicken strips.
What kind of music makes your skin crawl? I can’t say I’m the world’s largest fan of heavy metal or screamo.
Secret twin: Adam Brody, the detective in “Scream 4.” I’ve never seen the movie, so I’ll have to take my friends’ word for it.
Trading spaces: France. I’ve always admired the culture and beauty of the country.
What’s a tip you would give freshmen for making high school life easier? I know that one thing I’ve said recently is this; don’t be afraid of the upperclassmen. As a freshman, I was terrified of seniors. Sitting here now as one of those seniors, it seems ridiculous that I was so afraid. Remember this; life won’t hit you with more than you can handle. High school seems like a terrifying obstacle that you have to tackle all at once, but it comes one day at a time. So tackle it, but take it one day at a time, and relax. These 4 years are going to pass you just as the previous years have and there’s nothing that you won’t be able to handle.
Shout out to: Kurt Gale, and my grandparents Don and Darlene Montague.