Hannah Grady, 18, is Amboy High School's May Student of the Month. Her parents are James and Linda Grady and her twin sister is Megan.
Favorite class: It’s a toss-up between film as literature and calculus. I like film as literature because I enjoy watching and learning about classic movies. I like calculus because I like the challenge it presents.
Least-favorite class: Physical education – whenever we play a game. I am honestly not an asset to any team and spend most of my time standing there.
Favorite teacher: Elizabeth Scriven, Advanced Placement English and film as literature. She makes the curriculum interesting through the assignments she gives us.
School activities in which you participate: FFA, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, golf, chorus, yearbook, spring musical, Project LEAD (Leadership, Education, and Development) Youth Subcommittee.
Civic, church, volunteer or other activities in which you participate: 4-H, St. Patrick’s Church choir, Feed My Starving Children volunteer, American Legion poppy volunteer, Granny Rose Animal Shelter volunteer.
Do you have a job? I work as a baby sitter and on my family’s farm.
How would you describe your group of friends? Back in Junior High, I once said that my group of friends was a hybrid mix, and I believe that is still true today. Everyone is different, and we are all supportive of one another.
What will you do after high school? I plan to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to major in engineering or crop sciences, I haven’t decided which.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you will never use? Analyzing fibers to determine the culprit of a crime.
What kind of music are you listening to? I listen to a lot of different genres, from musicals to '70s classic rock. I would have to say my favorite genre is country.
Is there a celebrity whom you look like, act like, feel like? I like to think that I resemble Sandra Bullock. We both have brown hair and brown eyes.
What's the one thing in your life you can't do without? My family. They always are there to support me and give me advice. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
What is your advice for surviving high school? Get involved. Besides meeting new people, joining clubs also can help you figure out your interests, and possibly your future career. I am definitely a better person because of my involvement.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be and why? I would add air conditioning. Some of those rooms get pretty hot, which makes me feel like my brain is fried.
What scares you? Trust falls. I tried to do one at a camp and almost hurt myself. It scared me because I couldn’t see where I was headed and it was high up. I think there are other ways I show people I trust them besides falling into their arms.
What's something about you that nobody knows? Sometimes I do math problems for practice even if it isn’t homework.
What did you think about the election, presidential candidates? It makes me eager to be able to vote in the 2020 election.
If you could try any job for a day, what would it be? NASA engineer.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? I would love to visit Ireland. My family’s ancestors are from there and my grandfather said it is even more beautiful than the pictures. I would love to go and see the sights while finding out more about my family’s heritage.
What is the last good book you read? "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," by Tennessee Williams. It is a play about a Southern family named the Pollitts. I liked how it was written and the plot kept me interested the entire time I read it.
What is your proudest moment? When our FFA Parliamentary Procedure team won state last year. It always will be one of my proudest moments because our 3 years of hard work finally paid off. Over those years, we became like a family, making the win even better.
Who is your hero, role model? My mother. She has showed me that you can have a successful career and family at the same time. Sometimes I wonder how she does it all.
What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? Hopefully, I will be working at a great job as either a plant breeder or engineer, but who knows what will happen?
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I have a twin sister named Megan and she was the April Student of the Month, in addition to being a track star.
Shout out: To my family and friends for helping me along, I’m not sure I would have made it without you.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE?
App? Risky Road
Food? Baked potato
Game or activity? Snake Oil
Movie? "Rear Window"
TV show? "MASH"
Sports team? Amboy Clippers