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Dixon High School March Student of the Month Joan Bratt

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
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(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Joan Bratt, 18, of Dixon, is Dixon High School's March Student of the Month. She plans an illustrative career, starting with 2 years at Sauk Valley Community College for an arts degree, then a year at the Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting in Boston.

Joan Bratt, 18, of Dixon, is Dixon High School’s March Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Tim and Grace Bratt of Dixon, and her siblings are Meghan Doran of Richmond, Va., Lesly DePiante of Charlotte, N.C., Gordon Bratt of St. Paul, Minn., Wyatt, Hugh, Mary, and Sadie Bratt, all of Front Royal, Va., Clare Polak of Austinburg, Ohio, and Nora, Sam and Alane Bratt, all of Dixon.

Favorite class: Drawing and design my freshman year was pretty cool. I learned a lot about perspective and drawing people.

Top teacher: Michelle Bally, who teaches publications. She’s great to talk to, she always has good advice, and she loves what she teaches.

Extracurriculars: Madrigals, Jazz Choir, National Honor Society, and crew for the musical. I was in the fall play this year, and Scholastic Bowl for 2 years. I’m also editor-in-chief of the Dixini and on the yearbook staff.

After graduation: I’ll be going to Sauk Valley Community College for 2 years to get a degree in art. After that, I’d like to go to the Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting in Boston for a year, and become an illustrator.

Paycheck: I’m a cashier/manager at Oliver’s Corner Market in Dixon. I mostly enjoy it, especially checking the weekend morning shift, because the customers are very interesting.

Best friend: Bridget Gile, from Morris. I’ve known her my whole life, and even though she moved away 8 years ago, we keep in touch and see each other every year. She has a great sense of humor, and I can talk to her about anything.

Favorite musical groups: Cake and The Essex Green

Favorite actors: Joaquin Phoenix. He’s weird, but he’s an incredible actor. And Christian Bale. Because he’s Batman.

Favorite movie: “Tombstone”

Hobbies: Drawing and painting, walking my dog, and attempting to play the piano.

Favorite outdoor activity: Skiing. It’s the one outdoor activity I’m good at.

Favorite food: Lasagna and dark chocolate. Not necessarily together, but that wouldn’t hurt, now that I think about it.

Biggest fear: Spiders

Least-favorite class: Anything involving math

What makes your blood boil? Getting bossed around

What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Country. It should be abolished. I think they’ve said all there is to say about ripped jeans, sweet tea, and pickup trucks. It’s time to move on.

Hangouts: The Ginkgo Tree Cafe on First Street, and Books on First. They both have good food, and cool atmospheres. And the library. I’ve gone there almost every week since I was little, and I love being surrounded by books.

High school survival guide: Don’t procrastinate. I don’t follow this rule, but it would be very helpful if I did.

I’m in the dictionary next to: Creative. I enjoy drawing and painting, and I want to be an artist, and I also tend to think more creatively than logically.

Secret twin: I’ve been told I look like Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games,” maybe because we both wear braids a lot. But I don’t think my personality is anything like hers.

Personal trivia: I once danced the tango with my brother, Wyatt, in front of the library. There was no particular reason, it just seemed like a good idea at the time.

Trading places: With Angela Gheorghiu. She’s an amazing opera singer, and I would like to be able to sing like that just once in my life.

Trading spaces: The Scottish Highlands. They’re beautiful and still wild, and I would probably hear some cool accents,

Read this: “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck. I thought it was going to be boring, but it was incredible. I couldn’t put it down.

Shout out to: My grandparents, Edward and BJ Bratt. They live every day like it’s an adventure, and I hope I’m always able to be as excited about a new day.

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