Logan Rocha, 17, of Sterling is one of Sterling High School’s October Students of the Month. His parents are Orlando and Lolita Rocha, and he has a brother, Ethan, 21.
Favorite class: Band.
Least-favorite class: Advanced placement calculus. Why? On counsel’s advice, I invoke my right under the Fifth Amendment not to answer, on the grounds I may incriminate myself.
Favorite teacher: Mike Gottemoller, because as my freshman teacher in accelerated geometry he instilled in me the concept of learning for learning’s sake, rather than merely memorizing information.
School activities in which you participate: Band, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, National Honor Society, Service Learning, Math Team, track and field, Scholastic Bowl.
Other activities in which you participate: Summer intern at SHS in 2014, service learning before and after school.
Do you have a job? I work as a detailer at Majeski Motors.
How would you describe your group of friends? My boys Dylan, Mason, and Ryan are a comical, energetic, and dauntless group of guys.
What will you do after high school? I plan to attend a 4-year university to study computer engineering.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? In all honesty, there is nothing that I learned in high school that I think I will never use. Each class teaches a valuable lesson applicable to daily life.
What kind of music are you listening to? My dad passed on his love of music to me, so I listen to everything. Currently I am jamming out to ’80s pop in the form of Duran Duran, Tommy Tutone, and Dead or Alive. Most importantly, Sam Smith just dropped his second album, “The Thrill Of It All.”
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? Technology.
What is your advice for surviving high school? It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? Don’t put the Parmesan cheese next to the garlic powder in the cafeteria; it’s the best way to ruin a pizza lover’s day.
What scares you? Missed opportunities.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? I would find out what it takes to be CEO of a major technology company.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Tokyo.
What is a good book you have read recently? “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost),” by Felicia Day.
What is your proudest moment? Becoming drum captain as a junior.
Who is your hero/role model? My parents, because they encourage me to succeed in everything I do.
What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? I hope to have graduated and planted my feet at a tech company.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? If I appear to be spacing out, I am trying to visualize a concept. No, I am not daydreaming.
What is your life’s philosophy? You don’t know until you try.
Shout out to: My squad: Ryan McPherson, Dylan Majeski, and Mason Mobarak. Lastly, big thanks to my brother Ethan; he is a good role model, offers endless encouragement, and has a strong work ethic.
What is your favorite …
Game or activity? League of Legends
Movie? “The Internship”
TV show? “Silicon Valley”
Sports team? Chicago White Sox