Dean Ellorando, 17, of Dixon is Newman Central Catholic High School’s October Student of the Month. He is the son of Nep and Pam Ellorando, and he has a brother, Kenneth.
Favorite class: Calculus. It’s a class that teaches me many new concepts and can truly push me to my limits.
Least-favorite class: Calculus. It also forces me beyond my comfort zone.
Favorite teacher: Because they all are dedicated and caring people, all of them are worthy of being a favorite teacher.
If you could create any new class at your school, what would it be? I’d like to see a class on leadership. Most classes teach us how to work, but I’d like to learn how to lead.
School activities in which you participate: Newman Recycling Club, Key Club, Newman Knitters, Math Team, Scholastic Bowl, Student Council as an executive board treasurer, and tennis. I also am a Kairos leader, and a member of National Honor Society.
Civic, church, or other volunteer activities in which you participate: I have both attended and spent my time as an altar server at St. Patrick Church in Dixon. I also have volunteered some of my time as a tour guide at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home.
Do you have a job? I don’t have a job, but instead I chose to volunteer. It is fun because I get to meet people from all over the country when giving them a tour of the Reagan Home.
How would you describe your group of friends? I would call them kind wild cards. Every time I’m with them, they are unpredictably pleasant to me and each other.
What will you do after high school? I plan to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and major in industrial engineering. I’m thinking about working in the health care field.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? The most unusable thing I learned from high school math would be the number “i.” If it’s an imaginary number, I don’t think I’ll need it in the real world.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? Personally, I would like to have had more advanced placement classes. The more challenges I could have had, it would have been even easier for me down the road.
What does it take to be a successful high school student? Students need time management skills to be successful in high school. Otherwise, it becomes very difficult to stay on top of things, both within and outside of school.
What do you do in your free time? I’m at home playing video games or my saxophone. Sometimes I’m just watching movies to pass time.
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? My computer. Just like a phone, it is my resource for my work as well as my entertainment.
What kind of music are you listening to? I don’t really have a genre of music. I listen to anything that sounds good to me, be it rock, classical, or anything in between.
What scares you? Bugs. Just thinking of them makes me shiver.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? I’d like to be a mechanic for a day. It would be interesting to do my dad’s job and fix my own car.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Japan, because it’s filled with culture, history, and has a lot of new and interesting foods.
What are your favorite childhood memories? The times that I traveled to the Philippines. There, I was able to be immersed in the Filipino culture and traditions.
What is the best way to cheer you up? Usually my family or I have some candy around to cheer me up. Some candy never fails to brighten and sweeten my day.
What is your life’s philosophy? Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I can’t draw or paint to save my life, but I’m good at chess.