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November Student of the Month

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.

Paycheck: Baby-sitting

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.

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