Grace Gould, 18, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High School’s December Students of the Month. She is the daughter of Jeff and Brenda Gould, and she has a brother, Brenden, and a sister, Gretchen.
Favorite class: United States history with one of the best teachers, Taylor Jackson. I’ve always been passionate about history, and I was able to take more away from that class than any other history class that I had previously taken.
Least-favorite class: I’m not a huge fan of chemistry or really any molecular science. I only took the class because it was taught by arguably the best teacher I’ve ever had, Steve Johnson.
Favorite teacher: My language and publications teacher, Jennifer Drew, always has been a mother figure during my time at Sterling High School. This is my fourth year having her as a teacher, and she always has been the one who I have gone to for any advice.
If you could create any new class at your school, what would be? I would love to see an American sign language class offered. It always has been something that I have been interested in, and I see a growing demand for it.
School activities in which you participate: Volleyball, basketball, softball, leadership program, class officers, co-president of National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Civic, church, or other volunteer activities in which you participate: I am a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Do you have a job? I recently was hired at the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA to lifeguard and work within the youth sports programs. The YMCA is filled with an amazing staff who care about everyone within their organization.
How would you describe your group of friends? Very sociable and outgoing.
What will you do after high school? Next year I plan to attend Elmhurst College to play volleyball and major in speech communication sciences and disorders.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? Redox reactions. I honestly couldn’t tell you what that even means anymore.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? Have an open campus for lunch. It would be nice to have more options, as well as be able to get away from the school environment for a short time.
What does it take to be a successful high school student? Get involved in multiple activities within your school. By doing this, you develop time management and build the structure you need to stay on track in the classroom.
What do you do in your free time? I enjoy driving around with my friends, spending time with family, and staying busy playing sports with my sister.
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? I couldn’t live without my sister, because for 18 years we did nearly everything together.
What kind of music are you listening to? I typically listen only to country music.
What scares you? Spiders, tornadoes and rodents.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? I would love to try being a zoologist and spend my days working with animals from every part of the world.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Europe, because there’s so much to see, and you can travel anywhere and everywhere within the region.
What is your favorite childhood memory? Our annual summer visits to the cabin in Minocqua, Wisconsin.
What is the best way to cheer you up? Go on a drive with me.
What is your life’s philosophy? Live through the Lord, and He will live through you.
What is your favorite ...
Food? Chicken alfredo
Musical artist? Luke Combs
Movie? “Forrest Gump”
TV show? “The Office”
Pro sports team? Chicago White Sox