Keaton Dir, 17, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High School’s March Students of the Month. He is the son of Kyle and Amy Dir, and has two brothers, Tanner, 20, and Brennen, 22.
Favorite class: Anything where math and science is involved
Top teacher: My English teacher, Ms. Johnson. I have had her for 2 years, and she makes me a better student.
Extracurriculars: Swimming, cross country, track, Rotary, National Honor Society, and Service Learning
After graduation: I will be heading to William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., to major in biology and do the pre-med track.
Paycheck: I mow my grandma’s yard in the summer. It’s great, because I get to see my family.
Best friend: Warren Melton. I have known him since I was 4 years old, and we grew up swimming together.
Favorite musical groups: The Killers or Blink-182
Favorite actor: Denzel Washington
Favorite movie: “Saving Private Ryan”
Hobbies: Swimming, running, and playing disc golf
Favorite outdoor activities: Ultimate Frisbee and Sharks v. Minnows
Favorite food: My mom’s lasagna
Biggest fear: Heights
Least-favorite class: Gym class – cardio day was useless.
What makes your blood boil? When someone tells me I will not be able to achieve something.
What music makes your skin crawl? Scream-o. You can’t even understand it!
Hangout: At the pool with my friends. It helps me think.
High school survival guide: Join a sport. Sports are good ways to find good friends.
Useless knowledge: I learned how to write a haiku, and I don’t think you need to know how to write one just to survive in the real world.
In the dictionary next to: Determined. Once I set my mind on something, I will do whatever it takes to achieve it.
If you could do any job for a day, what would it be? An astronaut. It would be really cool to float around in zero gravity.
Trading places: With Michael Phelps. He wins gold medals!
Trading spaces: Somewhere with a clean beach and clear water. That way, I can see the sharks in the water.
Read this: Splash Magazine. It may only be helpful for swimmers, but I always enjoy reading it.
Shout out to: My family, who supports me and reads the newspaper.