Tiger Scholars of May

By Hannah Mildenberger

In recognition for their years of service, the out-going members of The Bengal Cry staff are recognized as the Tiger Scholars for May 2017.

Senior Abby Cross is one of the four tiger scholars of May. Her GPA is at a 3.63. She plans on going to University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Early Childhood Education and earning a director degree. Ruth Henderson Memorial Scholarship, Elks scholarship and UNC Bears Scholarship are all of the scholarships that she has earned.

Cross plans on teaching daycare and preschool age children. “In 10 years, I am hopefully with a family and excelling at my career,”Cross said.
 Her favorite book series is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. She stated, “I like the fantasy side of it. It’s really fun and it kept me guessing.” Even though cross has her fascination with fantasy, when it comes to what she watches, her taste is much different. “My favorite tv show is That 70’s Show. It’s funny to watch. Moana is my favorite movie, because I could watch it over again and not get tired of it,”Cross said.
 “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything’s different.” said by C.S. Lewis is her favorite quote.
 If Cross could live anywhere in the world, she would stay in Sterling. Her favorite class is creative writing, because it’s  “a place where you can just be yourself through your own writing and Mr. Blake is pretty awesome.” Cross’s favorite teacher is Ian Blake. “He has made the biggest impact on my educational life and he has always been there to help,” Cross stated.
 The advice Cross gave to underclassmen is,  “Get your work done. Don’t cry about it. You’ll be much happier and won’t have to stress about it for the rest of the year.”
Her greatest accomplishment so far is that she got the Ruth Henderson Scholarship, since only one person per year gets it.
 When asked if she wanted to include anything else, she said, “Shout out to Mr. Blake for being awesome and my favorite teacher.”
 Senior Katlyn Laporte is the second tiger scholar at a 3.7 GPA. She is also a SHS cheerleader. Laporte also plays volleyball and watches Netflix outside of school. She plans on going to the University of Northern Colorado to study Criminal Justice. She received three scholarships. She wants to be a Criminal Investigator.
image1In 10 years, she wants to be married with a family and a steady career.
 Her favorite book is The Hunger Games, and her favorite tv show is Grey’s Anatomy,because “it’s really dramatic and I get really attached to the characters.”
 Laporte’s favorite quote is Isaiah 43:2. “When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you.” Laporte says that if she could live anywhere in the world she would live at Monte Carlo.
 Her favorite class is psychology. “I love learning about it and Maxwell is a really great teacher,” she said. She also really likes English. Her favorite teachers are Ian Blake, Amanda Maxwell, Hestor Howard ,and Robert Busmente.
 Laporte’s advice for underclassmen is “Enjoy it while you can, because it goesby really fast. Have the best time you can in high school.”
She said her greatest accomplishment so far is “taking third place in state cheer.”
 The third tiger scholar is senior Ethan Robinson with a GPA of 3.5. He is on NJC’s debate team. He also plays music with his band and writes.
Robinson plans on going to NJC for one year, then transferring to University of Colorado in Boulder. He plans on getting a Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in
creative writing. He got the NJC Hope Scholarship and some grants from FAFSA.
“I want to write. Just be a writer who can do Journalism. I may teach if I have
to,” he said.
“In 10 years, he sees himself living out in the woods and living off the land
basically become John Steinbeck.”
His favorite tv show is
Boardwalk Empire.
“Everything in the show is just top-notch. Acting. Set. Story. Music. Just
everything,” he said.
“So, we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? ”said by Hunter S. Thompson is Robinson’s favorite quote.
If he could live anywhere in the world he would live in either South America or
somewhere in Scandinavia.
His favorite class is journalism and his favorite teacher is Ian Blake.
Robinson’s advice for lower classmen is,
“Concentrate on doing what you are passionate about or try to figure out what that is cause that’s important to know.”
Pursuing his music and his writing is his greatest accomplishment so far.Smithgall 16 0152
Lastly, senior Kayla Smithgall, member of student council, is also a tiger scholar
at a GPA of 3.8. During her time away from school she likes to volunteer.
She plans on going to NJC for two years to learn about early childhood
education. She received five scholarships; one of them being the NJC Hope
Smithgall wants to become a teacher and have a positive influence on her future students.
“In 10 years, she sees herself teaching in Sterling.
Maybe married, maybe not,” she said.
Her favorite books are by Mary Higgins Clark, which are mystery books.

“My dad is an investigator, so I like to read mystery books and try to figure them out before he does,” she said.

A Walk To Remember is my favorite movie, because it has a good message to it,” she said.

Her favorite quote is “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” said by Eleanor Roosevelt.

If she could live anywhere in the world, Smithgall said she would live somewhere over seas.

Her favorite class is ceramics.

“I like being able to create whatever I want,” Smithgall said.

“My favorite teacher is Ms. Scott. She’s really good at aspiring kids. She doesn’t hold us back if we have a crazy idea,” she said.

“Take every opportunity you have to do something, because if you don’t, you might regret it someday,” she advised lower classmen.

Smithgall’s greatest accomplishment so far is being able to graduate high school.