Senior Micah Palmer, 17, of Sterling, is Sterling High School’s December male Student of the Month. He is the son of Chris and Chelese Palmer, 46 and 45, and has three sisters: Kaylen, 20, at North Central College in Naperville; Maryn, 15, a Sterling High sophomore; and Danae, 10, a fifth-grader at Lincoln Elementary School.
Favorite class: History has always been my favorite class, because I have always been intrigued by it. I like learning how all we have today was created.
Top teacher: My band director and teacher, Mike McCoy. He makes band fun and teaches you much more than music in class. He also makes band class a break from the day and a time to simply enjoy making music. (Micah plays the trumpet.)
Extracurriculars: I am involved in three sports this year: cross country, swimming and track. I did play football from my freshman to junior years but unfortunately had to stop playing because of the amount of concussions I received in my junior year, so I ran cross country for something to do. I am also involved in National Honor Society, the mentor program at Sterling High and the Sterling Police Department Explorers program, and I tutor at Jefferson Elementary and participate in the Sterling High School band.
After graduation: I plan to attend college to pursue the field of criminal justice. I have been accepted at four schools but I am not sure yet which college I will be attending. I hope to go to college on a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship with the United States Marine Corps.
Paycheck: I detassel during the summer. My dad is my boss, so I kind of have to work, but I don’t mind the money.
Best friend: Josh Knie. He is a witty guy.
Favorite singer or musical group: I can’t say I have a favorite singer or band, because I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, preferably country music.
Favorite actor: Tom Cruise
Favorite movie: “The Dark Knight Rises”
Favorite TV show: “Prison Break”
Hobbies: Running, working out, playing guitar, watching movies, hanging out with friends, fishing, and relaxing
Favorite outdoor activity: Football
Favorite food: Cheeseburger. There is always a time when I could eat a cheeseburger.
Biggest fear: The unknown
Least favorite class: English
What makes your blood boil: People having no manners
What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Rap
Hangouts: My friends’ houses, because they are the best options around here.
High school survival guide: Simply do the work you are asked to do.
Useless knowledge: The anatomy of a worm
I’m in the dictionary next to: Patriot, because I love this country.
Secret twin: Toby Keith. He seems to appreciate this country just as much as I do.
Personal trivia: I like to build things.
Dream job: President of the United States
Trading places: A homeless person, because I want to know what it is like for the less fortunate.
Trading spaces: Italy, because I want to see the history and architecture of the Roman Empire. I have always been intrigued by the Romans.
Read this: “Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds” by Maj. Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer. It depicts the day-to-day actions of a Special Forces team in Kandahar Valley in Afghanistan. I liked it because it depicted how much of a struggle it is to fight in a war and tells of events you can’t find watching the news.
Shout out: To my great-grandma, Rita Yowell, and my grandma, Carol Palmer. Both live in Sterling.