Moira Roddy, 17, of Sterling is one of Sterling High School’s November Students of the Month. She is the daughter of Stuart and Joselynne Roddy, and she has three brothers, Owen, Brayden and James, and a sister, Keegan.
Favorite class: Veterinary science is a passion of mine, so being able to learn just the basics at the moment about animals and how to care for them is very enjoyable.
Least-favorite class: At the point I took this class in high school, I had already taken health many times. Most of the information I learned was repeated, so there wasn’t much to do in that class.
Favorite teacher: Steve Johnson was my chemistry teacher for 2 years. It was a difficult subject, but with his labs, fun experiments and just generally great teaching style, I excelled in his class and loved every minute that I spent learning with him.
If you could create any new class at your school, what would be? A solely lab-based class. I loved whenever we got to do labs in my classes, but normally it was only once a week at most. If there was a class where every day there was a new lab to complete, or experiment, I would definitely join it.
School activities in which you participate: Tennis; soccer; National Honor Society; Young Doctor’s League and I am Her, a female empowerment club.
Do you have a job? I work at Kroger. I love my job. I have always enjoyed organization, which I must to do bag groceries. All of the customers are very kind and great to converse with.
How do you describe your group of friends? We are a close-knit bunch with varying personalities, but it is our differences that allow us to become so close.
What will you do after high school? I plan to attend a 4-year university; I have submitted multiple applications but am currently waiting on responses. I wish to major in animal sciences or biology, and eventually move on to veterinary medical school.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? I cannot think of anything I have learned throughout high school that I don’t see myself using in the future, whether it be for school or just for my personal entertainment or knowledge.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? More appreciation for lesser known clubs, sports and other activities. Our school has a very good football team, and because of that the focus is centered almost solely on that sport. I believe that the school would improve greatly if funding, attention and praise was spread more evenly across all activities.
What does it take to be a successful high school student? Organization. High school is truly not difficult, as long as one prioritizes organizational skills. Keeping track of assignments, giving oneself enough time to work and study, using time management skills to properly complete their work and other general organizational habits are the most important skills a high schooler needs in order to succeed.
What do you do in your free time, outside of school? I read and draw whenever I have the free time.
What is something you cannot see yourself without? I am always surrounded by my family, as there are many of us. I don’t know what to do when I am alone for long stretches of time. I especially spent a lot of time with my sister; without her I would have no one who I could talk to about everything.
What kind of music do you listen to? To study, I prefer instrumental music, simple lo-fi beats or acoustics. For enjoyment though, I don’t have much of a preference, I can enjoy almost any genre of music.
What scares you? Lack of control. I am a generally anxious person, but knowing everything that is going on around me and having control comforts me. It really scares me when I don’t know what’s happening at all.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? A traveling veterinarian. My dream job to be able to travel to different countries and treat wild animals in need, such as injured elephants in Africa. I want to help animals that normally do not and cannot get any sort of medical help.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? I’ve been obsessed with Italian culture and architecture, so I would love to travel to Italy and experience it all first hand.
What is your favorite childhood memory? My family has owned horses since I was a baby, but when I was young I couldn’t ride them. My favorite memory has to be the first time I was able to ride one of our horses. I thought I’d be scared, but the feeling of amazement overpowered all of my fear.
What cheers you up? Just be completely goofy. Normal methods of comfort just remind me of why I am down, so by being silly and funny, I am distracted and feel better again.
What is your life’s philosophy? Live each day creating the best version of yourself. Whether it be honing a skill, focusing on classwork, or being kind to others, spend your time becoming a better version of your self – no matter how minute the difference.
What is your favorite ...
Movie? “Forrest Gump”