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Student of the Month Mary Alice Oswalt

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Mary Alice Oswalt, 18, of Dixon, is Newman Central Catholic High School's March Student of the Month. College is in her future, starting at Sauk Valley Community Collge, but her major still is up in the air.

Mary Alice Oswalt, 18, of Dixon, is Newman Central Catholic High School’s March Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Mary Beth and Tim Oswalt, and has three brothers, Matthew, 20, Max, 16, and Joe, 7, and three sisters, Elizabeth, 14, Margaret, 12, and Emma, 9.

Top teacher: Andy Accardi. He teaches health, athletic training, and strength and fitness, all of which I have taken. I was always intrigued with the conversations in health and athletic training. He makes his lectures entertaining and interesting.

Extracurriculars: Tennis, basketball, softball, National Honor Society, and I’m a Kairos leader.

After graduation: I’m going to Sauk for 2 years, then transferring somewhere. I haven’t decided what I want to major in.

Paycheck: Culver’s in Dixon. The people there are nice, and my managers are willing to work around my busy schedule, so I like it.

Best friend: Hannah Davis. She has always been there for me, and we just mesh. She’s like my other sister.

Favorite actor: Anne Hathaway

Favorite movie and TV show: There are too many good movies to pick a favorite. TV shows I like to watch are “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Voice,” or anything on HGTV.

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family, painting, reading, shooting hoops, playing tennis.

Favorite food: Anything my mom makes

Biggest fear: Spiders

Least-favorite class: Not a huge fan of calculus…

What makes your blood boil? Disrespectful people

High school survival guide: Find the right friends, stay focused on school, and participate in events.

Useless knowledge: Half the material in my calculus class

I’m in the dictionary next to: Conscientious. I try to do what is right and do the best at whatever it is I am doing.

Personal trivia: I am named after both of my grandmothers: Grandma Mary Landis and Grandma Alice Oswalt.

Dream job: I think it would be really neat to be a professional tennis player. To play at that level and to feel what living and training would be like, …that would be sweet!

Trading spaces: Anywhere in Europe. Preferably Poland, because there’s some family history there.

Read this: “The Preacher’s Daughter,” by Beverly Lewis. She writes a lot of Christian fiction books, and many are about the Amish. I like this series, because she really captures the struggle that the young Amish girl is having in her life, trying to decide between her Amish traditions and what she thinks is right.

Shout out to: My family. Love you!

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