Student of the Month: Kristen Huntress
Kristen Huntress of Harrison has been selected as the area Lions Clubs’ “Student of the Month” for March.
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: Carolyn and Norman Huntress
Student organizations, sports teams, activities, hobbies: National Honor Society, Varsity Club, basketball and soccer
What do you like most about school? My favorite thing about school is the range of electives that I have been able to take. I have taken Stained Glass 1 and 2, Logic Puzzles & Problem Solving, and I am currently taking Fundamentals of Coaching and Accounting. Taking these classes has given me skills outside the common core subjects, which I feel has helped me become an all-around better student. Having the opportunity to take accounting has also helped me realize that I want to pursue this as a career.
What is your biggest challenge in school? My biggest challenge in school is balancing sports and schoolwork. It can be overwhelming to have practice or a game every day and still find the time to get schoolwork done, which is the most important thing.
What is your favorite subject? Math is my favorite subject because it comes easily to me. I love working and learning with numbers.
If you could change one thing about school, what would it be? If I could change one thing about school, it would be to push back the start time. Thanks to school and extra curricular activities, most high schoolers go to bed late and then have to wake up very early. I think that pushing back the start time would help kids maintain a better focus during the school day.
What characteristics do you believe a good teacher should possess? I think a good teacher should be understanding and friendly. They should also be able to teach a lesson in multiple ways, because not every student learns in the same manner. I also think that a good teacher holds students accountable for missing work and failing to meet deadlines.
What goals did you hope to achieve during your high school days? My academic goals throughout high school have been to graduate in the top 25 of my class and to make honor roll every semester. Athletically, my goal throughout high school was to have the opportunity to continue playing basketball in college.
What do you hope to do in the future in terms of career, and why are you headed in that direction? I am going to school to become an accountant, and I hope to one day own my own accounting firm. I am headed in this direction because that is what my father does, and I hope that one day I can be as successful as he is.
What do you think it will take to be successful in the future? I think to be successful in the future I need to be dedicated to my career and love what I am doing.
What lesson have you learned while at Lake Region High School that will help you in the future? The biggest lesson I have learned while at Lake Region is that to be successful, you have to go above and beyond. You may need to seek help from others or research a little extra than what was assigned, but it’s worth it.