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Student of the Week Greenon High School


Name: Joel David Pensworth

School: Greenon High School

Grade: 12

Age: 18

Extra-curricular: National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Varsity G (Treasurer), Student Council (Treasurer), Cross Country (Co-Captain) and Track

Claim to fame/honors: A-honor roll award (all of high school), Perfect Attendance award, Three Royal Knight awards (Cross Country-2, Track-1) and National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence

Words you live by: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” - Steve Prefontaine

Toughest challenge: Waking up for school

Biggest influence: Mom and Dad

School-day rituals: After school: search the pantry for snacks, go for a long run outdoors, eat dinner, play the piano, play with my dog, Bono and do my homework

What’s on your bedroom walls: Cross Country senior banner, picture of the Cross Country team, Linderhof Palace poster, album covers for Boston, Dave Matthews and Peter Frampton and The Beatles poster

When I’m bored I like to: Play pool or the piano

Favorite movie: Interstellar

Person who would play you in a movie: Daniel Radcliffe, because we looked identical growing up

Favorite TV show: The Flash

Favorite musical artist: Coldplay

Favorite book: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Favorite home-cooked meal: Chicken Parmesan

Favorite restaurant: Piada

Whose mind would you like to read: My dog’s

Place where you’d love to travel: France

Talent you’d like to have: Ambidexterity

Favorite school subject: Physics

Favorite athlete: Steve Prefontaine

Favorite team: USA soccer team

Something in the world I’d like to change: People’s indifferent and apathetic attitudes toward other people

Favorite high school moment: The whole Cross Country team wore suits to school, except we wore our uniform short shorts and crazy, knee-high socks

Favorite junk food: M&M’s

Best thing about high school: All the friends I have made and my experiences with them


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