Katelyn Smoot, 18, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High School’s October Students of the Month. Her parents are Carolyn and Gary Smoot, and she has a sister, Kestrel, 21.
Favorite classes: Advanced placement literature – each piece we read has so many possible interpretations, and veterinary science, which relates to my future, and allows me to try new things.
Least-favorite class: Economics. I struggle to understand how different factors of our economy have an impact on our country as a whole.
Favorite teachers: Laura Carbaugh, Jennifer Drew, Nicole Schlemmer, and Elise Baker; each is energetic, makes learning fun, and always are willing to help me.
School activities in which you participate: Volleyball, band, Key Club, Student Council, Movement Club, Latino Club, National Honor Society, FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Science Club, SHS mentor program.
Civic, church, or volunteer activities in which you participate: I volunteer in the nursery at my church, Sterling First Church of the Nazarene. I also volunteer at Granny Rose Animal Shelter in Dixon.
Do you have a job? I babysit for family and friends.
How would you describe your group of friends? Funny, supportive, and understanding.
What will you do after high school? I plan to attend Black Hawk College, and then transfer to a 4-year university in pursuit of an animal science degree.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? The circle of 5ths.
What kind of music are you listening to? Christian, country, and pop music.
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? Music. I listen to music on a daily basis; there is a song for every mood.
What is your advice for surviving high school? Put forth your best effort and do it right the first time, it is a lot more work to do it a second time.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? I would bring back the murals that used to be in some of the hallways.
What scares you? Surprises.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? I would want to be a large animal veterinarian for a day. This is the career I am interested in pursuing, and I think it would give me great insight as to whether it is the right job for me.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, what would it be and why? Paris. After taking French as a foreign language, I have always wanted to experience French culture.
What is a good book you have read recently? “Two by Two,” by Nicholas Sparks, absolutely loved it!
What is your proudest moment? When the yearbook was dedicated to a club I am a member of, the Movement Club.
Who is your hero or role model? My sister. She has always been someone I look up to.
What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? I picture myself just starting out my career as a veterinarian.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I am hard working, love animals, and am willing to try new things.
What is your life’s philosophy? Everything happens for a reason.
Shout out to: My grandparents, Eric Smoot, and thee Emma Boze.
What is your favorite …
Food? Cheesy potatoes
Game or activity? Volleyball
Movie? “The Greatest Showman”
TV show? “The Voice”
Sports team? Chicago Blackhawks