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Student of the Month: Todd Nelson

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
(Alex T. Paschal/
Senior Todd Nelson, 18, of Dixon, is Newman Central Catholic High School's December Student of the Month. He's busy with golf, swimming, tennis, Scholastic Bowl, Math Club, Envirathon, Key Club and Boy Scouts, and is a Sacristan minister for school Masses. He plans to study aeronautical and astrological engineering in college.

Senior Todd Nelson, 18, of Dixon, is Newman Central Catholic High School’s December Student of the Month. He is the son of Jason and Diane Nelson, and has two sisters, Heidi Moe, 28, and Hannah Nelson, 25.

Favorite class: Calculus. It is challenging, and it helps me understand how the world works.

Top teacher: Beth Verdick, because I get so much out of her classes, and I remember what I am taught.

Extracurriculars: Golf, swimming, tennis, Scholastic Bowl, Math Club, Envirathon, Key Club, Boy Scouts, and Sacristan minister for school Masses.

After graduation: I plan to go to Purdue University and study aeronautical and astrological engineering.

Paycheck: The past three summers, I have worked as a janitor at St. Anne School.

Best friends: I have a small, close group of friends from school and it is hard to pick a best friend out of them.

Favorite singer or musical group: Depends on the day, but I guess I’ll go with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Favorite actor: Morgan Freeman, might just be the voice.

Favorite movie: The Star Wars series.

Hobbies: Flying my R/C plane, fishing, and camping.

Favorite outdoor activity: Golf.

Favorite food: Pepperoni pizza from Angelos.

Biggest fear: Fear itself (little help from FDR). I am afraid that I will not have the courage to do what needs done some day or will pass something up because of fear.

Least favorite class: Speech class sophomore year. Nothing against the class, but I am not a fan of public speaking. The class did make me be a better speaker.

What makes your blood boil? People who ask for help when they do not seem to care about what they are asking for help with.

What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Justin Bieber.

Favorite hangout: All summer I like to hang out at Timber Creek because I like golfing there.

High school survival guide: Do not get behind.

Useless knowledge: How to graph a signum function.

I’m in the dictionary next to: Reserved. I tend to keep to myself most of the time.

Personal trivia: The first fish I ever caught was a 22-inch Northern pike.

Dream job: Fighter pilot. It would be an awesome job.

Trading places: I would want to trade places with the president; I would want to see what it is like to be the head of the country for a day.

Trading spaces: The Boundary Waters in Minnesota, I enjoy being outdoors and canoeing up there is fun.

Read this: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. It is a classic and my favorite book.

Shout out to: My friends and family.

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