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January Student of the Month

Brooke Smith, 18, of Franklin Grove, is Ashton-Franklin Center High School’s January Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Greg and Lori Smith, and has a brother, 
Cody, 22, and a sister, 
Addie, 20.

Favorite class: Anatomy

Top teacher: Mrs. Gittleson

Extracurriculars: Band, volleyball, class treasurer

After graduation: I will major in biology at Millikin University in Decatur.

Best friends: Marissa Asbury and Allie Cardot

Paycheck: Franklin Grove Nursing Home and Lincolnway Cafe

Favorite musical group: Lady Antebellum

Favorite actor: Evan Peters

Favorite movie: “He’s Just Not That Into You”

Favorite TV show: “Criminal Minds”

Favorite food: Hamburger Helper

Favorite place to shop: Kohl’s

Biggest fear: Spiders

Least favorite class: English

What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Rap

Favorite haunt: My room

What’s a tip you would give freshmen for making high school life easier? Get assignments, projects and papers done ASAP, so you won’t have to worry about them for long.

Survival guide: “Work smarter, not harder.”

Useless knowledge: You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

Read this: “Nineteen Minutes,” by Jodi Picoult

What do you wish your high school offered? Advanced placement classes and more clubs

I’m in the dictionary next to: Independent

Secret twin: My mom

Personal trivia: I have a dent in my head.

Dream job: Forensic scientist

Trading places: With Beyonce and Obama

Favorite website: Facebook

What would you do if you had $100,000? Buy a car and use the rest for college

Shout out to: My grandparents. I love you.

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