Karlie Mellott, 17, a senior at Sterling High School, is an October Student of the Month. Her parents are Karla and Mike of Sterling. Her brother, Drake, 21, attends Millikin University in Decatur.
Favorite class: Speech 131 Intro to Oral Communications at Sauk. It’s interesting to learn how and why people communicate in specific ways.
Top teacher: Steve Johnson, chemistry. He connects with students and helps students apply the material to their lives, making it meaningful. His class is always memorable, from killing gummy bears to making air bags.
Extracurriculars: I’m on the Illinois Chill 18U Gold Edwards, a year-round travel softball team. I also play high school softball. I did play golf my freshman and sophomore year. For clubs, I’m in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Science Club and Key Club.
After graduation: I’m verbally committed to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., to play softball. I plan to major in chemical engineering.
BFF: Alena Marovitz. She’s at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Alena is brilliant and extremely humble. Even though we are far apart, the years we played softball together made us very close. She’s like a sister to me.
Favorite singer or musical group: Jason Derulo
Favorite actor: Jeffrey Donovan
Favorite movie: “42”
Hobbies: Softball, golf, running, working out, music, art
Favorite game or outdoor activity: Softball
Favorite food: Chicken
Biggest fear: Bugs
What makes your blood boil? When others interrupt me.
What kind of music makes your skin crawl: Screamo
Where are some of the places you like to hang out? Why do you like to spend time there? Sauk weight room. I work out there a lot and have made great friends there.
Survival guide: Keep in a sport or club. Time may become strapped, but activities give you a mental break and stress release to keep you somewhat sane.
Useless knowledge: Cursive writing. It is only used to sign your name.
I am in the dictionary next to: Intense or tenacious. I’m usually determined and serious, once I set my mind on doing anything.
Secret twin: I kind of look like Gabrielle Anwar.
Personal trivia: I’ve been nicknamed “The Scientist” or “The Machine” in softball.
Dream job: Engineer. It’s amazing the impact engineers can have on society that many people are unaware of.
Trading places: Tammy Williams, my hitting coach. She’s so energetic and motivating. I would love to live a day in her life to see the huge impact she has on other athletes and people.
Trading spaces: I would go to Ireland to listen to their accent, play amazing golf courses and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Read this: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini, a novel. It puts life into perspective. Many Americans do not realize and appreciate their freedoms. Other countries are not as lucky. Situations can always be worse, so be thankful for what you have.
Shout out: Hi, Mom!