Travis Ganther, 18, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High School’s May Students of the Month. He is the son of Lawrence Ganther of Sterling and Kelly Foley of Rock Falls, and has a sister, Bryahna Ganther, 11, of Rock Falls.
Favorite class: English 101/103
Top teacher: Emily Johnson, because she is always there to help you when needed, and she pushes you to become the individual you want to be. Likewise, she is very dedicated to her students and does not seem to teach from the books themselves, but from real world experiences. With these experiences, it has connected me to the instructor on many levels and has helped sharpen my potential (in and out of the classroom), as well as my skills in the classroom.
Extracurriculars: Crime Stoppers, Peer Jury, and Explorers
After graduation: I plan to continue my education at Sauk Valley Community College for 2 years, to study criminal justice and human resource management. Once I receive my associate’s in criminal justice, I will attend Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities to finish my bachelor’s degree in human resource management.
Paycheck: I have been working at Sterling McDonald’s for 2 years. It’s a very enjoyable job, and it teaches you many skills that can be applied elsewhere. Likewise, you experience all walks of life, which allows you to refine your communication skills, and those skills can eventually help you become a leader in the workplace.
Best friend: Sara Heuerman. She is the most amazing and good-hearted person that I have ever met. She is always willing to be there for me, and we always seem to make something out of nothing when we are together. Even though she is my girlfriend, I will always consider her my “bestest” friend ever.
Favorite singer: Luke Bryan
Favorite actor: Adam Sandler
Favorite movie: “Olympus Has Fallen”
Hobbies: I usually work a consistent 30-plus hours a week, so any time that I am able to be with my friends and family would be my best “hobby.”
Favorite game: Basketball
Favorite food: Steak and fries
Biggest fear: Spiders!!!
Least-favorite class: Geometry
What makes your blood boil? When people say or refuse to do well at anything because they are determined they cannot, when they truly can.
High school survival guide: Make new friends, and make sure that when you come across adversity, you face it and overcome it.
Useless knowledge: Matrices
In the dictionary next to: Hardworking. I am almost always working on something, and I always try to do well with the tasks at hand.