Q: What are you passionate about?
“I love languages. You feel like you are on a treasure hunt. You can reach the greatest treasure of all: people. People are God’s greatest treasure. Why can’t they be ours?”
-Logan Clark, Interdisciplinary Studies, Senior
Q: Why did you start playing the guitar?
“When I was 17, I got in a really bad longboarding accident, and I fractured my skull and was in a coma. I wasn’t supposed to survive. Ultimately, my dad got my stake president and my bishop, and they came and gave me a blessing, and I miraculously came out of the coma. I started recovering, and it was great, but when I realized how close I had been to dying, I started thinking: ‘What are people going to know me for? What have I done with my life? I’m a 17 year old who hasn’t tried hard in school. I don’t have any hobbies. I don’t really do anything with my life. I don’t want to just be remembered as that one guy who got in a longboarding accident.’ So, at that point, I started playing guitar so that I could have something that’s mine, something that defines me.”
-Adam Holmes, Biology, Sophomore
Q: Why did you choose illustration?
“I’ve been drawing ever since I was really little. I think I’m OK at it, but I just really want to get better. And it’s just something I really do. I mean, I always heard that Heavenly Father has gifted every child with a talent, and I think this is what he gave me. Some people are good at basketball skills and other things, but I think art is really my talent.”
-Lynne Hardy, Freshman, Art
Q: Tell me a funny story or something embarrassing.
“Oh, tell her about your first kiss!”
“So I was with my really good friend and the girl he liked, and her roommate. So I liked her roommate, and I don’t know if I told her that. I was … oh man, I was 18. Can you believe that? That’s so pathetic! It was probably because I had Dumbo ears back then I was so self-conscious. There were a lot of caves back home, but we went inside the caves and just explored. […] You have to go through the mud, and there are parts where you have to crawl and just push through because your feet get stuck. I was the last one out, and I was stuck, and I literally can’t get my feet out of the ground and she’s like ‘Whatever’ and I’m like ‘I’m serious, I’m stuck!’ and so she came back and lifted me up, and then, like, I went to get up and walk just to keep going because everyone was ahead, and she kept getting in my way. So I was like ‘What are you doing?’ And she was literally right here in my face, and I was like ‘Oh, shoot!’ I didn’t even know what to do, so I just kind of leaned in, and I just let her … yeah.”
-Blake Denna, Senior, Biology
Q: What was the happiest moment of your life?
“One of the most rewarding moments that came to my mind was when I won rodeo queen. It was a local competition, and I started to train three months before, so it was a whole summer. I’ve been riding my whole life. I had just finished my sophomore year of high school, and I was thinking of what to do. I had planned to go to girl’s camp. Right before it started, I decided to run for rodeo queen. I had heard that only one other girl was running. My sister had […] won three titles, so I was like, ‘Why don’t I do it?’ So, I ran for rodeo queen, and it was a lot of work and a lot of preparation. I ended up winning, and I was so excited. That was probably the biggest highlight of all my high school years.”
-Abby Nelson, Communication, Sophomore