Nathaniel Edison, 17, a Newman Central Catholic High School senior, is the October Student of the Month. Her parents are Robert and Judith Edison. Her sister is Kristina Edison, 25, and Jeremy Edison, 21.
Favorite class: Calculus, because it is a great class to broaden your understanding of the world and how it works on a mathematical level.
Top teacher: Mrs. Ann Propheter – pre-calculus (junior year) and calculus. She thoroughly explains everything, gives real-life examples of complex mathematical ideas, and will always be willing to help you get a better understanding of topics, if you go to her for help.
Extracurriculars: Math Club, Scholastic Bowl, golf team, Teens Living True Club, Kairos leader, religious education aide for St. Mary’s in Sterling, Yolight (Sacred Heart’s Youth Group), altar server, Extraordinary Minister, Sacristan at school Masses.
After graduation: I plan on going to a 4-year university; I don’t know for sure where yet. I plan on studying mathematics and/or business to possibly one day become an actuary.
BFF: I have a lot of good friends, but having to choose a best would be Tyler Verbout. We’ve been neighbors and friends since before kindergarten and, even though it sounds cliché, I know that we will always have each other’s backs. He’s also got a really good sense of humor, albeit a strange one.
Favorite singer or musical group: Skillet
Favorite actor: Morgan Freeman
Favorite movie: “Star Wars” and, if I have to choose a favorite from the series, “The Empire Strikes Back”
Hobbies: Reading, video games, drawing and golfing
Favorite game or outdoor activity: Golf
Favorite food: Pizza
Biggest fear: Death or losing those close to me
Least favorite class: Physics
What makes your blood boil? Technology. I love the advances it makes in our lives, but whenever it breaks or doesn’t work right, I just can’t stand it.
What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Rap
Where are some of the places you like to hang out? Just at friends’ houses. It’s more about the people you’re with than the place you’re at.
What is the key to surviving high school? Work hard and stay focused on your goals, but at the same time, take time to enjoy it and make friends. It’s a fast 4 years, and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Useless knowledge? Well, all knowledge can have use to certain people, so nothing is truly useless. But personally, since I’ve never been that big of a science fan, I guess learning some of those theories seemed unimportant for my future.
I’m in the dictionary next to: Nerd. I think people would describe me this way, because it’s true. I’m always quoting something: “Batman,” “Star Wars,” “Spongebob,” or some other nerdy thing. These are the things I like, so I figured embrace it, rather than try and change who I am.
Secret twin: When I was younger and had round glasses, a lot of people said I looked like Harry Potter.
Personal trivia: I’m not saying I’m Batman, but nobody’s ever seen Batman and me in the same room together. But seriously, I love superhero movies and games, and one day, I want to go to ComicCon.
Dream job: Author. I’ve always had an interesting imagination, and I’d like to see what it’d be like to have the ability to use words to capture that, so that others could enjoy it, and I could convey a message.
Trading places: I think it would be cool to trade places with the president for a day, because I think it would be interesting to lead the country. But I would never want that responsibility or stress for all my life, or for even just 4 years.
Trading spaces: Well, I’ve always wanted to see the pyramids of Egypt, but given the state of that area right now, I’d probably go to France instead. Just to test my high school-level French skills, and I also hear the food’s really good.
Read this: “Life of Pi,” by Yann Martel. It’s about a boy’s struggle for survival in a lifeboat as he crosses the Pacific Ocean. It’s a captivating story that will grip you from the beginning, and at the end it really gets you to think about life – something a good book should do.
Shout out: To my family who sacrifices so much for me and to all my friends both at Newman and Sterling. Thanks to all you guys! I wouldn’t be here without you.