DeValk named student of the month

Brittany DeValk
Parents: Nancy and Tom DeValk
Home: Elk River

LIST THE ACTIVITIES YOU HAVE PARTICIPATED IN AND TELL OF YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In the last couple years, I have participated in student council, National Honor Society, Girl Scouts, IMPACT, French club, speech, Youth in Government, girls’ swimming, and managing the boys’ swim team. My proudest accomplishment would probably be my eighth-grade year on the swim team. That year I dropped a lot of time in my events and placed third at sections in my favorite event, 100 breast stroke.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS AND WHY? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT?
My favorite class is French with Madame Wiebusch because I love learning to speak and write in another language. I really love learning about our world’s different cultures and this class allows me to do so with the French culture. I also like the way my teacher teaches us and her enthusiastic attitude.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
I plan on going to at least a four-year university. I am still undecided on what I want to do with my life. My college plans range from Oxford to California Lutheran University and majors from forensic science, archeology, marine biology to even world history.  All I know is I don’t want to be just another person in the world, I want to make a difference, a statement, a legacy.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES AND/OR PERSONAL INTERESTS?
Some of my hobbies are competitive swimming, hanging out with friends, watching movies, listening to music, sleeping and photography.

WHO IS YOUR HERO, IF YOU HVE ONE, AND WHY?
My hero is my mom because she is supportive, kind, caring, optimistic and always wanting me to do my best because that’s all you can do. I hope when I grow up I show all these characteristics, too.

TELL OF A MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE THAT RELATES TO SCHOOL, PERSONAL INTERESTS OR A HOBBY:
The most memorable experience I have had was my eighth-grade year on the swim team. That year I had improved my times a lot and was awarded the Most Improved Award at the end of the season.

HOW DO YOU DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP?
I try and demonstrate leadership by setting a good example and encouraging others to do the same. I do this by completing homework, making good decisions, striving towards success, setting goals for myself and making sure I’m a “well rounded” person.

HOW DO YOU APPROACH ACADEMICS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS?
I approach academics knowing that in order to achieve the goals and plans I have for myself, I must first succeed in high school. This motivates me to manage my time wisely, do homework, study and score well on tests.

WHAT SPECIAL PROJECTS HAVE YOU DONE, IN OR OUT OF SCHOOL?
I take part in many service projects each year. This past summer I was a junior leader for my church’s Summer Stretch program. I’ve been to Feed My Starving Children many times, helped at my church’s nursery, work at encampments for Girl Scouts and have done many other things within the community.

WHY DO YOU THINK YOU WON THIS AWARD?
I think I won this award because I’m a well-rounded student, not only in but outside the classroom. I put a lot of effort into school, sports and other activities and become very successful in them.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
Getting this award is an honor to me. This makes me realize people do recognize the hard work I put into academics, sports and activities. By achieving this, I plan on continuing to strive for ultimate success in and outside of school.

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