Kayla Colwell, 18, of Franklin Grove, is Ashton-Franklin Center High School’s November Student of the Month. Her family is Carolyn Cowell, mother; Robert Cowell, father; Kris Cowell, stepmother; Tricia Sprenger, 29, sister; and Josh Page, 19, and Nathan Page, 13, stepbrothers.
Favorite class: Digital media arts at the Whiteside Area Career Center in Sterling
Top teachers: Travis Stauffer, for history, or James Jackson, who teaches science
Extracurriculars: Volleyball, basketball, softball, Girl Scouts, FFA, and National Honor Society
After graduation: I plan to attend either St. Louis University or Quincy University to major in communications.
Best friends: Kalyn Murre, Lauren Heal, Lea Koning, and Caitlin Berogan
Favorite singer: Hunter Hayes
Favorite actors: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson
Favorite movie: “Silver Linings Playbook”
Favorite TV show: “Switched at Birth”
Favorite food: Cheesecake or Chinese
Favorite place to shop: Maurices
Least favorite class: History
Pet peeve: Negative people who complain 24/7
What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Heavy metal
Haunts: Lauren’s house
Survival guide: If you can’t say it in person, don’t post it on social media; it creates unnecessary drama.
Useless knowledge: A duck’s quack doesn’t echo.
I’m in the dictionary next to: Sarcasm – I’m pretty sarcastic.
Personal trivia: I love traveling. I have been to London, Paris, Switzerland, and Rome.
Dream job: To work for a travel magazine as a photographer-journalist
Trading spaces: Ever since I was little, I have wanted to go to Australia.
Read this: “Winger,” by Andrew Smith; it has a great message.
Favorite website: Pinterest
What would you do if you had $100,000? Give some to charity, maybe to Girl Scouts, and save the rest for college tuition
What do you wish your high school offered? Photography
What’s a tip you would give freshmen for making high school life easier? Get involved in anything that sparks your interest, even if it sounds lame. You never know how much you will love it until you try.
Shout out to: My family for supporting me in everything I do, and my friends for lending a listening ear and providing all the great memories.