Lions Club Student of the Month: Matthew Mayo

Matthew Mayo of Bridgton has been selected as the area Lions Clubs’ “Student of the Month” for December.

Each month, area Lions Clubs recognize a Lake Region High School senior who has excelled academically. The recipient is honored at a Lions’ dinner meeting and is presented a monetary award.

Parents: John and Amy Mayo

Student organizations, sports teams, activities, hobbies: Soccer, basketball, outdoor track, Fall Drama, Spring Musical, Jazz Choir, Show Choir, Varsity Club.

Q. What do you like most about school? While the learning aspect of school is very important and interesting, what I like most about school is the social aspect. The fact that I get to go to school and be with my friends and peers is a great experience, and this is what I will remember for the rest of my life. 

Q. What is your biggest challenge in school? The biggest challenge in school is trying to balance a crazy schedule. Students that do a lot of activities such as myself, might find it hard to balance activities in addition to academics. 

Q. What is your favorite subject? My favorite subject is music. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I find it interesting to learn about the intricate parts of what make music, music.

Q.  If you could change one thing about school, what would it be? I would like it if sports did not conflict with music, and music did not conflict with sports as much as they do. Ideally, students would not have to choose between the two activities. If it were easier to do both sports and music, then I think more students would. This would allow for a more diverse student body.

Q. What characteristics do you believe a good teacher should possess? A good teacher possesses the abilities to be patient, enthusiastic, passionate and understanding, while also being a leader who can inspire students to want to learn. 

Q. What goals did you hope to achieve during your high school days? I wanted to become a better musician, but I also wanted to be a good student and leader, while maintaining high grades. As long as I leave this school with a better understanding of myself and others, then I can’t ask for much more. 

Q. What do you hope to do in the future in terms of career, and why are you headed in that direction? I hope to become a music teacher. I have always wanted to be a teacher and teaching my favorite subject would be the best experience ever. I want to be a teacher because the idea of teaching people and watching them grow not only as students, but as people seems rewarding.

Q. What do you think it will take to be successful in the future? In order to be successful in the future, I will need to have determination, work hard and always do my best. Not everything will come easily, but as long as I put my mind toward my goals, then I can do anything.

Q. What lesson have you learned while at Lake Region High School that will help you in the future? I have learned to be true to myself and not let others bring me down. Having a positive attitude and the desire to achieve goes a long way toward success.

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