Marah Blake, 18, of Polo, is Polo High School’s September Student of the Month.
Her parents are Jill Blake and Cliff Bake. Her siblings are Hannah Hobbs and Cooper Blake.
Favorite class: Any math class, because math always has made sense to me. Also, I like the fact that you know the answer is right because of the math rules.
Least-favorite class: I always hated gym class. I was a three-sport athlete every year until this year because of COVID-19, and I always believed I should be doing an educational class instead of running a mile. Also, I think I got my exercise without being in the class, so I didn’t think it made sense.
Favorite teacher: Gina Cole, because she teaches science classes and I want to go into the medical field.
If you could create any new class at your school, what would it be? I would like a medically based class, and I know there are multiple science classes, but a class that has like types of diseases and treatments.
School activities in which you participate: I am president of the Student Council, I play basketball, volleyball and track, I am vice president of the Spanish Club, and a member of Family, Career, Community Leaders of America.
Do you have a job? I work at Cimino’s in Polo. I like the atmosphere and seeing all the people of Polo.
How would you describe your group of friends? We are a close group of friends and tell each other everything. I’m not sure what I would do without Harper and Abby.
What will you do after high school? College: I plan to go to either Illinois State or the University of Iowa. I want to major in biology on the pre-med track.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? I feel like I won’t use Spanish. I love the language, but I don’t think I remember enough of it to be able to actually have a meaningful or useful conversation.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? I don’t think I would change anything. I liked how close and small we are, and how the teachers fight for us and want us to succeed.
What does it take to be a successful high school student? I would say do your homework. It is annoying, but if you do your homework, it will help your grade and help you to understand.
What do you do in your free time? I like to spend time with my friends. I love to be out, whether it’s going to get food or just cruising around. I love to be with friends.
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? My cellphone. At this point, I feel it’s necessary. I’m on it all the time and use it to contact my mom and friends, so it’s pretty important.
What kind of music are you listening to? I find myself liking pretty much everything, but if i had to pick, it would be country or pop.
What scares you? I have never had it happen, but the idea of a gun pointed at me scares me. Even if it’s just a BB gun. I hate it.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? A doctor, so I could see if I really want to do that when I’m older, and if I still want to, I could decide which way I could go with the profession.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be and why? Rome, because I have always wanted to go – and if it’s free, that’s even better.
What is your favorite childhood memory? I loved spending all the time on Sundays at my grandparents’ house.
What is the best way to cheer you up? Get my mind off of it with ice cream.
What is your life’s philosophy? Here for a good time, not a great time.
What is your favorite …
Food: Ice cream
Movie: “The Greatest Showman”
TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”
Pro or college sports team: Chicago Cubs