Danielle Corcoran, a 17-year-old student at Amboy High School, is the October Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Jerome and Tina Corcoran. She has three sisters, Taylor, 19, Cassidy, 13, and Sidney, 12, and two brothers, Nicholas, 9, and Luke, 7.
Top teacher: Elizabeth Scriven teaches AP English. She makes the class fun and interesting because she doesn’t just stick to the plot of the story. She makes sure we get something out of every book by including lots of discussion and always making us think by asking her famous question, “Why?” She also is very laid back and pretty hilarious.
Favorite class: My favorite class is English with Ms. Scriven because I enjoy reading and writing, and in her class, we not only read literature, but we analyze and discuss it and how it continues to be relevant through so many decades.
Extracurricular: I am a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Art Club, chorus, and vice president of my class. I also play volleyball, and I plan to be a member of the track team, and get involved with the spring musical.
After graduation: After high school, I would love to attend an out-of-state, 4-year university to major in theology and get a minor in art, so that I can illustrate children’s books.
Paycheck: This past summer I worked for Pioneer as a detasseler, which I enjoyed, despite the warnings from so many others that had tried their hand at it. I also worked as a Rec Plex attendant at Woodhaven Lakes, where I scooped ice cream, helped with day camp, and did other miscellaneous tasks. I enjoyed working with the people there, and it gave me the chance to meet new people and make new friends.
Who is your best friend? My best friends are my two little sisters, Cassidy and Sidney, and my two big “sisters,” Leah and Jordan Saunders. We always have great times and good laughs, and they’re always willing to join in when I randomly burst into song.
Favorite singer or musical group: I think Celine Dion has the most beautiful voice. I enjoy singing songs by Carrie Underwood, and Disney movies always have the best soundtracks.
Favorite actor. Denzel Washington.
Favorite movie: My favorite movie is a tie between “Remember the Titans” and “Glory Road.”
Hobbies: I enjoy drawing, singing, playing sports, and laughing.
Favorite game or outdoor activity: I love to run.
Favorite food: That’s a tough one. But peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are somewhere at the top of the list.
Do you have any other favorites? My favorite color is green, my favorite holiday is Easter, my favorite word to say is “indubitably,” and my favorite season is summer.
Least favorite class: Math. Even though my teacher is great, I don’t enjoy numbers.
What makes your blood boil? I hate lies.
What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Screamo.
Where are some of the places you like to hang out? I love to go hiking at Franklin Creek State Park. It is very pretty there at the peak of each season, and I enjoy having movie nights and Joe’s popcorn at Grandma’s house
What is the key to surviving high school? Do your own homework and keep a positive attitude.
Useless knowledge: Trig identities.
I’m in the dictionary next to: Smiley. I never get tired of smiling, and I think sometimes it says a lot more than words.
Secret twin: I’ve never been told that I look like any celebrities, but I’ve always been told that I look like my mom, and some people say she looks like Cheryl Crow, so she is basically my secret twin.
Personal trivia: I’m lactose intolerant.
Dream job: A toll collector. It would be fun because I could have a different accent for each person that drives up.
Trading places: I think it would be interesting to trade places with an Olympic gold medalist, just to see what it feels like to be the best in the whole world at something you love to do.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? I’ve always wanted to go to Italy because of its beauty and history, and if my trip was free, I could try all the fancy restaurants.
Read this: One of my favorite books is “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen. I like it because it is beautifully written, and it is a pure, genuine, old-fashioned love story.
Shout out: I would love to shout out to Chuck Klein, for his unending friendship and support since the day I was born. Thanks, Chuck.