Updated: September 25, 2012 10:38AM
School: Bishop Noll Institute, Class of 2014
At home: mother, Susan; father, Curtis; brother, Nathaniel, 13; sister, Alyssa, 15
Besides school and home responsibilities, how do you spend your time? “When I have free time, which is usually on the weekends and in the summer only, I like to read fiction — especially fantasy and some areas of nonfiction like World War II, the Cold War, ancient history, and Victorian literature.
“I also like to play video games — PC games; I really don’t like console (games). Then, I like to look up things I’m interested in on Wikipedia, YouTube, and other sites like that. Having so much information available I think can have practical uses, if you forget a book at school or don’t want to bring those bulky textbooks home, usually it will be online.
“And, if there’s something in the book that isn’t explained so you can understand it, you can find it explained a different way on the Internet.”
What are the main sources of inspiration for the values you have? “I think the two things that have influenced my values the most are my parents and Boy Scouts.
“My parents formed what I consider my morals. Being church-going and moral people in general, I picked up a lot of that from them.
“And there is a little bit of difference in viewpoints between my mom and dad sometimes because my father’s Lutheran and my mom is Catholic. There are not all that many differences, but there are some. Some of those have served to strengthen my opinions about certain things.
“Boy Scouts, particularly because I knew so many people and most of us went to grade school together, I was constantly surrounded by people who had similar viewpoints. I went all the way up to an Eagle Scout.”
What are your future plans? “I honestly haven’t thought a whole lot about that. My parents went to college, so I’ll definitely go to college somehow.
“I thought a little about the military. A lot of people told me I should think about the priesthood. So, I have a couple things to think about.”
You used the word nerd to describe yourself once. What’s the difference between a nerd and a geek? “I’ve always thought that geek implies a person who is more mathematical and (into) gadgets. I guess (they’re) technically oriented, in general, whereas a nerd is more of an academic person — someone who reads a lot and has good powers of analysis.
“One of my friends who goes to Munster (High School) is very mathematical. He does things like Pascal’s Triangle and that kind of thing in his free time. So, I’d consider him more of a geek; whereas, I’d consider myself more of a nerd because I read a lot and have sort of a general knowledge of a lot of general things.”
When Noll teacher Marisa Renwald nominated you, she said you have a specific interest in Victorian-era literature. Talk about that. “I do enjoy that time period a lot. I got into it probably in eighth-grade. I read ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.’
“Recently... I read ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde. I read some of his plays, and one of them was called ‘An Ideal Husband.’
“My sister jokes that I am the only person in the world who can laugh at Victorian literature; the authors were brilliant ... in the word play and things like that . … I also like fiction, mostly fantasy. ‘Percy Jackson’ is ... very well-written and funny.”
— Compiled by
Anthony D. Alonzo,