By Claire Krackow
Grant Fickes, the Student of the Month for April, believes he is a heavily involved individual throughout the school.
“I’m in all honors classes and I’m also involved in Executive Council as the Treasurer,” Fickes said.
Grant takes his duties at the Red Lion Senior High School very seriously and is involved in many in-school and out-of-school activities.
“I participate in various band groups,” Fickes said. “I’m the lead alto saxophonist for the symphonic band, first chair in the jazz band, and I play my instrument in church a lot with my mother.”
“I was in the honor band this year, which is a group comprised of the best select students in the county,” Fickes added. In addition to his notable musical talent, Grant is also in National Honors Society, displaying his academic ability as well.
Grant has many plans following high school. “At this point in my Junior year, I’ve been looking at colleges and making visits,” Fickes said. “At this point, I’m planning to major in mathematics specifically, I’m not 100 percent sure yet, but next year with all of the mathematics courses I’m taking, I’ll have a better idea.”
Out of all the visits Fickes has taken, he likes the University of Richmond the most, and hopes to apply there.
“I’m in 11th grade, looking forward to being a senior, but I’m going to be very sad to see all of my senior friends go,” Rotary Student of the Month for April Ben Wesley said.
“In school, I’m involved with the Intellectual Quiz Team, our kind of quiz bowl thing. We ran in the TV Show Brain Busters recently, which was fun,” Wesley said. “We ran for three episodes but then we lost.”
Ben has many plans for the future following high school. “I’m hoping to go to the University of Pennsylvania to major in computer science,” Wesley said. “I’m also hoping to apply at other colleges like Drexel, Millersville, York, and Carnegie Mellon is a goal, it’s worth a look.”
Ben is also featured on the morning announcements for news and weather and sometimes he anchors.
“Outside of school, I play the piano,” Wesley said. “I started piano because when I was five or six years old, my parents got me into it. I play it because I enjoy making music.”
Ben also volunteers at his church. “I help out in the library at church because I love books. That’s mainly all I do to help out there.” Wesley said.
In addition to his unique array of activities, Ben has a rather unique pet peeve. “My brother can make me crazy sometimes, but one of my biggest pet peeves is the microsoft office font, Comic Sans,” Wesley said.
Wesley learned that he isn’t the only one who hates the font, as he found fellow anti-sans at an art camp recently. Although he hates Comic Sans, he does love clothes with an argyle print.
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