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May Student of the Month: Michael Powers

Michael Powers, 18, of Dixon, is Newman High School's May Student of the Month. He's heading to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in the fall, with medical school his ultimate goal.
Michael Powers, 18, of Dixon, is Newman High School's May Student of the Month. He's heading to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in the fall, with medical school his ultimate goal.

Michael Powers, 18, of Dixon, is Newman High School’s May Student of the Month. His parents are David and Jeanne, and his siblings are Patrick, 15, Mary, 15, and Thomas, 13.

Favorite class: Physics. I really enjoy learning and reading about how the universe works.

Least-favorite class: Speech. I am a soft-spoken person. I don’t enjoy talking in front of the entire class.

Favorite teacher: Ann Propheter, math. Her sense of humor and enthusiasm about math really keeps me interested and engaged during her class.

School activities in which you participate: Scholastic Bowl, math team, science club and Envirothon.

Civic, church, volunteer or other activities in which you participate: Last summer I volunteered at St. Mary’s school in Dixon, shelving books in the library.

How would you describe your group of friends? A group of people who are mostly intelligent.

What will you do after high school? I plan to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and either major in biology or physics in hopes of going to medical school and becoming a doctor.

What is something you learned in high school that you think you will never use? I believe everything I learn in high school will be useful at some point in my life.

What kind of music are you listening to? A combination of Blink-182 and Green Day.

Is there a celebrity whom you look like? I have been told I look like NBA player Frank Kaminsky.

What’s the one thing in your life you can’t do without? My Scholastic Bowl notebook.

What is your advice for surviving high school? Pay attention in class and turn in homework on time.

If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? I wish our school would have more AP classes to better prepare students for college.

What scares you? My future. It could either be really successful or a complete failure, and not knowing that scares me.

What’s something about you that nobody knows? I taught myself how to juggle during the summer between my sophomore and junior year.

If you could try any job for a day, what would it be? President of the United States. I think it would be very interesting running an entire country.

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? I would like to go to Rome to visit all of the historic buildings.

What is a good book you read recently? “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson. The book explains various discoveries made by scientists about the universe.

What is your proudest moment? Being named conference MVP for Scholastic Bowl. Being named number one is a validation of all my hard work studying for the Scholastic Bowl season.

Who is your hero/role model? My father. Knowing how hard he worked to get to where he is today inspires me to work hard in whatever I do.

What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? Hopefully, I will be studying to be a doctor in medical school.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I believe that the more information a person knows, the more successful he or she will be.

Shout out: To all of my Scholastic Bowl teammates who put up with me this year.

What is your favorite ...

App? The ESPN app

Food? Pizza

Game or activity? Trivial Pursuit

Movie? "Pulp Fiction"

TV show? "Jeopardy!"

Sports team? Chicago Bulls

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