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Student of the Month Cody Hansen

Sterling November Student of the Month Cody Hansen will be choosing between Illinois and Iowa State, and plans to major in engineering.
Sterling November Student of the Month Cody Hansen will be choosing between Illinois and Iowa State, and plans to major in engineering.

Cody Hansen, 17, a senior at Sterling High School, is a November Student of the Month. He is the son of Matt and Kari Hansen. His sister is Carly, a freshman at Sterling High. 

Favorite class: AP Calculus, because I enjoy being challenged, and I have to work hard in order to understand the material.

Top teacher: Jeremy Edwards, AP Biology. He helps us learn to excel not only in high school, but prepares us to be successful in college.

Extracurriculars: What clubs or activities are you involved in? Treasurer of Key Club, National Honor Society, Science Club, WYSE, and track and cross country

After graduation: I’ve narrowed my college choices down to three schools, and I want to major in civil engineering or biomedical engineering.

BFF: The guys from cross country and the distance team in track. We have so much fun when we all hang out, and they are like a second family to me.

Favorite singer or musical group: Maroon 5.

Favorite actor: Liam Neeson.

Favorite Movie: “Titanic”.

Favorite TV show: “The Walking Dead”.

Hobbies: Running, reading, playing video games.

Favorite game or outdoor activity: Playing ultimate Frisbee with my friends.

Favorite food: Lasagna.

Biggest fear: The dark or letting someone down.

What makes your blood boil? When I’m walking in the hallway and people stop in the middle to talk.

What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Screamo. I don’t understand why they have to yell.

Where are some of the places you like to hang out? Buffalo Wild Wings. My friends and I always go there to eat.

Survival guide: Do your work, show up for class, and make the most out of your time in high school. It goes by quick.

Useless knowledge: How to conjugate Spanish verbs

I’m in the dictionary next to: Dedicated. I always give 100 percent effort into anything I do, and school is no exception.

Personal trivia: When I was 2 1/2 years old, I ate rattlesnake.

Dream job: A video game designer, because it is amazing how much hard work and imagination goes into making a great game.

Trading places: France, so I could see the Eiffel Tower.

Read this: “1984” by George Orwell. It’s a science-fiction book about how the government uses extreme measures to make sure the population obeys. It was interesting because the use of surveillance to monitor people is what our government is doing today.

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