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Newman High School October Student of the Month: Kirsten Tunink

Kirsten Tunink, 17, of Oregon is Newman Central Catholic High School's October Student of the Month. Medical school is in her future.
Kirsten Tunink, 17, of Oregon is Newman Central Catholic High School's October Student of the Month. Medical school is in her future.

Kirsten Tunink, 17, of Oregon is Newman Central Catholic High School’s October Student of the Month. Her parents are Karin and Michael Tunink; her siblings are Kyle, 15, Sarah, 13, and Brendan, 11.

Favorite class: AP Biology. 

Least-favorite class: History, especially when it’s online. 

Favorite teacher: Donna Spencer, AP English, because she has taught me to appreciate the written word and has inspired me to gain a deeper understanding of all that I read. 

School activities in which you participate: Ambassador’s Club, Key Club, Federation of Christian Athletes, BLIND, Spanish Club, Science Club, Math Team.

Do you have a job? A summer job at Dixon Physical Therapy. 

How would you describe your group of friends? We’re able to spend 4 hours sitting in Culver’s, just talking.  

What will you do after high school? Attend a 4-year university then, hopefully, medical school. 

What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? You must take a pass whenever you leave a classroom. 

What kind of music are you listening to? Country, Spanish, and classical piano. 

What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? My family and friends.

What is your advice for surviving high school? Stay positive and remember there are always harder situations. 

If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? The date of prom, so it’s not the same day as math state competition. 

What scares you? Not accomplishing my goals. And snakes. 

If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? Mountaineering – climbing mountains simply for the joy of climbing. 

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Spain, to visit my favorite foreign exchange student.

What is a good book you have read recently? “Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison.

Who is your hero/role model? My dad. 

What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? If I’m lucky, my life will consist of medical school debt and 24-hour shifts. 

Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I’m obsessed with libraries – especially college libraries. 

What is your life’s philosophy? Pursue that which makes you least comfortable. 

What is your favorite…

App? Flow

Food? Pasta

Movie? "August Rush"

TV show? "Criminal Minds"

Sports team? St. Louis Cardinals

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