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Hope Lenamon

McGregor High School

Q: What has helped you develop good study habits?

A: Watching my sister go through high school. She was valedictorian as well. I watched her work hard for four years. Even when she was in high school, she’d help me with my spelling homework.

Q: Do you have any study tips to offer students?

A: Don’t put it off until the last minute. Do the assignment as quickly as you can. You may think you can make time for it later, but you could forget about it.

Q: Where is your favorite study spot?

A: Weather permitting, I like to go to the park. When you’re looking at textbooks, it’s nice to have a natural environment around you. The fresh air will do you good.

Q: What is one thing you wish you’d known your freshman year?

A: I wish I’d known not to worry about fitting in. If you’re yourself, then you’ll find the group that fits you best. Don’t try to be like everyone else.

Q: What is the best lesson you’ve learned from a teacher?

A: I had a school secretary named Peggy Thane who was diagnosed with breast cancer my eighth grade year. I watched her fight cancer with a smile on her face every day. She taught me that you can always keep a smile on your face. And if you put your faith in God, he will take care of you.

Q: What are your school and community involvements?

A: I run cross-country, play basketball and run track in the spring. I do UIL academic competitions and VASE [Visual Art Scholastic Event, an art competition sponsored by Texas Art Education Association]. Outside of school, I’m involved with PALS, where you mentor children at the elementary school. I’m involved at Zion Lutheran Church in McGregor.

Q: How do you decompress from a stressful schedule?

A: I usually go running. That’s my escape from everything — it helps me clear my mind and gives me space to think.

Q: Use one word to describe yourself.

A: Dedicated.

Q: What do you plan to do after high school graduation?

A: I plan on attending Texas Tech to study journalism and communications.

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