Michael Frank, 18, of Sterling, is Newman Central Catholic High School’s January Student of the Month. He is the son of Gary and Regina Frank, and he has two brothers, Jakob and Anton.
Favorite class? Journalism. I like writing papers and articles in things I actually care about.
Least-favorite class? Precalculus. I’m not exactly an aficionado of mathematics.
Favorite teacher? Paul Magnafici helps make class intriguing and enjoyable.
School activities you participate in: Recycling club, student council, scholastic bowl, football, tennis, National Honor Society, math team, Model UN – which is a mock-simulation of the United Nations – and I am a Kairos Leader.
Civic, church, or volunteer activities in which you participate: Altar server, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and I am a religious education teacher.
How would you describe your group of friends? Eccentric and politically active.
Any college plans? I will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and major in political science.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? Completing the square.
What kind of music are you listening to? Alternative.
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? Sports. They are pinnacle of excitement constantly, what’s not to like?
What is your advice for surviving high school? Do the work. You’ll thank yourself later.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? More AP classes to better prepare me for future classes in college and beyond.
What scares you? Heights.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? Manager of the Chicago Cubs. I’m a lifelong Cubs fan.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? The Vatican. The amount of historical importance here could get me lost for weeks.
What is a good book you have read recently? “1984,” by George Orwell.
What is your proudest moment? Getting accepted to college.
Who are your heroes or role models? My parents. They support my brothers and I every step of the way.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I shake everyone’s hand
What is your life’s philosophy? As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.