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Polo September Student of the Month: Lena Baumann

Polo High School’s September Student of the Month Lena​ ​Baumann, 18, of Polo, plans to study premedical or predental biochemistry.
Polo High School’s September Student of the Month Lena​ ​Baumann, 18, of Polo, plans to study premedical or predental biochemistry.

Lena​ ​Baumann, 18, of Polo, is Polo High School’s September Student of the month. Her parents are Michael and Donna Baumann, her sister is Sadoe, 15, and her brother is Eli, 13.

​Favorite​ ​class: ​I​ ​love​ ​Spanish.​ I​ ​love​ ​learning​ ​the​ ​language,​ ​but​ ​mostly​ ​because Senora​ ​(Alicia) Garrett​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​so​ ​fun!

​Least​-​favorite​ ​class:​ ​Every​ ​class​ ​has​ ​its​ ​moments,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​necessarily​ ​hate​ ​any​ ​of them.

​Favorite​ ​teacher:​ ​Gina​ ​Cole​, science.​ ​She’s​ ​always​ ​pushing​ ​us​ ​to​ ​succeed, even​ ​though​ ​her​ ​classes​ ​can​ ​be​ ​very​ ​challenging​ ​at​ ​times.​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​she’s​ ​preparing​ ​us for​ ​college.

School​ ​activities​ in which you ​participate:​ ​Cross​ ​country,​ ​volleyball,​ ​track,​ ​Student​ ​Council, Leadership​ ​team,​ ​Spanish, ​Drama​ and Outdoor clubs and ​Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. 

​Civic,​ ​church,​ ​volunteer​ ​or​ ​activities​ ​in​ ​which​ ​you​ ​participate:​ ​Polo​ ​Area Community​ ​Theater

​Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​job?​ This​ ​summer​ ​I​ ​worked​ ​at​ ​the​ ​concession​ ​stands​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Polo Pool​ ​and​ ​Park.

How​ ​would​ ​you​ ​describe​ ​your​ ​group​ ​of​ ​friends?​ ​We’re​ ​all​ ​academically​ ​focused,​ ​so we’re​ ​always​ ​pushing​ ​one​ ​another​ ​to​ ​succeed.

​What​ ​will​ ​you​ ​do​ ​after​ ​high​ ​school?​ ​I​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​go​ ​to​ ​a​ ​4-​year​ ​university​ ​to​ ​major​ ​in either​ ​premedical​ ​or​ ​predental​ ​biochemistry.

What​ ​is​ ​something​ ​you​ ​learned​ ​in​ ​high​ ​school​ ​that​ ​you​ ​think​ ​you’ll​ ​never​ ​use?​ ​I​ ​don’t really​ ​see​ ​a​ ​practical​ ​application​ ​for​ ​finding​ ​derivatives.

What​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​music​ ​are​ ​you​ ​listening​ ​to?​ ​I​ ​love​ ​classic​ ​rock, specifically​ ​from​ ​the ’60s​ ​and​ ​’70s.

What’s​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​in​ ​your​ ​life​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​do​ ​without?​ ​I​ ​love​ ​my​ ​family​, ​and​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​know what​ ​I’ll​ ​do​ ​without​ ​them​ ​in​ ​college.

What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​advice​ ​for​ ​surviving​ ​high​ ​school?​ ​Avoid​ ​procrastination​ ​like​ ​the​ ​plague.

If​ ​you​ ​could​ ​change​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​your​ ​school,​ ​what​ ​would​ ​it​ ​be?​ ​I’d​ ​love​ ​if​ ​we​ ​had a​ ​tennis​ ​team.​ It’s​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​ton​ ​of​ ​sports​ ​at ​a​ ​small​ ​school.

What​ ​scares​ ​you?​ ​My​ ​future,​ ​because​ ​there​ ​are​ ​so​ ​many​ ​choices​ ​and​ ​uncertainties.

If​ ​you​ ​could​ ​try​ ​any​ ​job​ ​for​ ​the​ ​day,​ ​what​ ​would​ ​it​ ​be?​ ​I​ ​would​ ​love​ ​to​ ​drive​ ​a race car ... just​ ​for​ ​the​ ​day!

If​ ​you​ ​could​ ​go​ ​anywhere​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​for​ ​free,​ ​where ​would​ ​it​ ​be?​ I’d​ ​love​ ​to​ ​be​ ​alone on​ ​one​ ​of​ ​those​ ​private​ ​tropical​ ​beaches.​ It​ ​just​ ​seems​ ​so​ ​peaceful,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​stand cold​ ​weather.

What​ ​is​ ​a​ ​good​ ​book​ ​you​ ​have​ ​read​ ​recently?​ ​“The​ ​Girls​“ ​by​ ​Emma​ ​Cline​ ​was​ ​really riveting,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​made​ ​me​ ​step​ ​back​ ​and​ ​take​ ​a​ ​look​ ​at​ ​myself.

What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​proudest​ ​moment?​ ​Getting​ ​through​ ​my​ ​heavy​ ​junior​-​year​ ​workload while​ ​still​ ​maintaining​ ​straight​ ​A’s.

Who​ ​is​ ​your​ ​hero/role​ ​model?​ ​My​ ​mom​ ​and​ ​dad​ ​have​ ​always​ ​been​ ​my​ ​greatest​ ​role models,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​know​ ​they’ll​ ​always​ ​have​ ​my​ ​back.

What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​think​ ​your​ ​life​ ​will​ ​be​ ​like​ ​10​ ​years​ ​from​ ​now?​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​have​ ​completed most​, if​ ​not​ ​all​ ​of​ ​my​ ​schooling​ ​and​ ​be​ ​employed​ ​somewhere.

Is​ ​there​ ​anything​ ​else​ ​you​ ​want​ ​people​ ​to​ ​know​ ​about​ ​you?​ ​I​ ​once​ ​won​ ​a​ ​hula​ ​hoop competition.

​Shout​ ​out​ ​to: ​My​ grandma

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