Rotary Citizen of the Month: Shelby Rider

Shelby Rider has been selected as the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club’s “Citizen of the Month” for January.

Each month, the Rotary Club recognizes a Lake Region High School student who displays good citizenship and contributes to the school community. The recipient is honored at a Rotary breakfast meeting and is presented a savings bond.

Name: Shelby Rider

Class of: 2012

Residence: Naples

Guardians: Rebecca and Joshua Bragdon

Activities: Drama Club, Robotics

Community activities: Alternative Spring Break

Hobbies: Taking photos, reading, collecting fossils, hiking.

Future plans: I hope to someday be a neurologist or geneticist. My two favorite topics, so it will be difficult to choose.

Schools that you have or will apply: Dartmouth, University of Maine at Orono, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Smith College, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Boston University.

Schools that you have been accepted to: University of Maine at Orono College of Engineering

What is your favorite class and why? It would definitely be a showdown between English and anatomy. This is because I really love learning about the topics in anatomy because I do really well with remembering all of the information I read or hear. English, however, is very interesting because I love the conversations and debates that we have because they often revolve around controversial topics and it is interesting to learn about other people’s views, and why they have them.

What is your toughest class and why? Physics, because everything you have thought to be true about the way things work, is actually really different from what is happening. It is really hard to wrap your head around things that are relative.

How do you balance your class work and your extracurricular activities? I will usually take every free second I have to get done what I can, especially if it is play practice. Other than that, I stay up really late and I drink a lot of coffee.

What is the biggest challenge high school students’ face today? Honestly, I think it is procrastination and apathy getting in the way of motivation or eliminating it completely. Things like online social networks, video games or social time get in the way of things that are much more important. I see it all the time, procrastination is this generation’s biggest disease.

Who has inspired you educationally? My sister most definitely. She has really coached me through everything. I wouldn’t be where I am without her. She really nursed my confidence to the point where there is no option except for success. Also this teacher that I had in eighth grade, who I thought didn’t like me. But when she came up to high school with me, I realized she just wanted me to do the best I could, and was hard on me when I wasn’t working to my full potential. She really pushed me to do my best and I am so happy that she did.

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