Sarah Trobaugh, 18, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High School’s December Students of the Month. She is the daughter of Kenny and the late Sally Trobaugh, and has two brothers, Michael Trobaugh, 24, who lives in West Chicago with his wife, Ashley, and Andrew Trobaugh, 21, a student at Illinois State University in Normal.
Favorite class: Early childhood education at the Whiteside Area Career Center, because I’m learning about the career I want to major in.
Top teachers: A couple of my favorite teachers are Mary Sue Neubauer, who teaches early childhood education. She has taught me how to be a better person and to be thankful for what I have.
My other favorite teacher is Mike Lemay. I had him my junior year for U.S. History. He made the class fun for me, because I’m not too great at history, and I just loved how he taught everything – it made it easier for me to understand.
Extracurriculars: I have played tennis all 4 years, basketball for 2 years and track for 2 years. I also have been in Key Club, SHS Mentor Program, National Honor Society, and Service Learning.
After graduation: I will go to Sauk Valley Community College for 2 years, then I hope to transfer to Illinois State. I would like to major in elementary education and maybe minor in administration.
Paycheck: I take stats for the girls basketball team. I like it because I’m there with my friends.
Best friends: Jessica Kaye and Raquel Romano. They have been by my side through thick and thin, and I couldn’t ask for anything better than that.
Favorite singer and musical group: I love Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan.
Favorite actor: Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite TV shows: “Pretty Little Liars,” “Nashville” and “Glee”
Hobbies: I love to be outside and playing tennis, but I also love being with my family and friends.
Favorite outdoor activity: Tennis, of course! I would be out there all day if I could. I also like going on bike rides.
Favorite food: Spaghetti pizza. I love that stuff. Oh, and Snickers is my all-time-favorite candy.
Biggest fear: Getting cancer
Least favorite class: I would have to say algebra 3/trigonometry. It’s kind of hard ...
What makes your blood boil? When people don’t put on their blinkers.
What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Screamo. Definitely screamo.
Haunts: I like being at home; it makes me feel safe and relaxed.
Key to surviving high school: Always be yourself. Never change for anyone, because being unique is a lot better than being normal.
Useless knowledge: Everything that was on my last algebra 3/trig test. I’m never going to use that stuff. Sorry, Mr. Jackson!
I’m in the dictionary next to: Caring, because I care more about other people’s feelings than I do mine. I don’t like seeing anyone sad, or crying.
Personal trivia: OK, get this: I hate cheese, but I love cheese pizza. Try to figure that one out.
Dream job: I think it would be cool if I could be a National Geographic photographer, because you get to travel the world.
Trading places: I’d love to trade places with Carrie Underwood. She does a lot for charities, and she has an amazing voice.
Trading spaces: Anywhere that’s warmer than here. But I’d love to go to Paris and London some day, because I feel like they’re just one of those cities that you have to see.
Read this: “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty. It’s about a woman who finds a letter from her husband. She isn’t supposed to read it until he is dead, but she opens it anyway and what he said in the letter basically ruins their marriage and all the people they know. Its really good, you have to get it!
Shout out: To my intern class at Lincoln, and to my dad for always being there for me, even when things got rough. I wouldn’t know what to do without you! I love you!