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Amboy High School May Student of the Month: Riley Pierce

June 18, 2016 GMT

AMBOY – Riley Pierce, 18, of Amboy, is Amboy High School’s May Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Jim Pierce and Brandi Montavon.

Favorite class: Yearbook, because I love putting together a book full of pictures and stories that capture the memories of high school. I also enjoy learning the business aspect of it.

Least-favorite class: Resource management. It is only a semester long, and it teaches you all the important things you need to know for life. It stresses me out about my future, because it is all this important stuff thrown at you in a short amount of time.


Favorite teacher: Cynthia Carlson, math. Math has always been the subject that I’ve struggled with the most, until she was my teacher. She knows what she’s doing and has taught me different ways to help me understand new and difficult concepts. She has always believed in my abilities and has never given up on me, even when I gave up on myself.

School activities: Basketball, track, senior class treasurer, student council historian, yearbook editor

Civic, church, volunteer or other activities: American Youth Soccer Organization, soccer, volunteer baby sitter at the Amboy Fire Station

Do you have a job? I baby-sit during the summer.

What will you do after high school? I will be attending Illinois College in Jacksonville to study sports management.

What is something you learned in high school that you think you will never use? Geometric proofs and logarithms

What kind of music are you listening to? I’m interested in many different types.

What is your favorite:

App: Instagram

Food: My granny’s sausage bread

Movie: “The Breakfast Club”

TV show: ”One Tree Hill”

Sports team: The Indianapolis Colts

Do you have a hobby? I love to cook.

What’s the one thing in your life you can’t do without? Sounds ridiculous, but my Pooh bear

What is your advice for surviving high school? To try as many new things as you can. Even if you have the slightest interest in doing it, just give it a shot – you never know how it’ll go. Don’t take the opportunities and experiences high school has to offer for granted, because you never get it back.

What scares you? The uncertainty of the future. Not knowing what’s going to happen next or where your life will end up is a beautiful, yet equally terrifying, thing to me.

If you could ask President Obama any question, what would it be? If you could go back and change anything you have done during your presidency, what would it be?


If you could try any job for a day, what would it be? A flight attendant. There are so many amazing places in the world that I want to see, but might never get the opportunity. I think that job would allow you to see those different parts of the world if even just for a little while, and you would get to meet many unique people.

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Memphis, Tennessee. I am a huge Elvis Presley fan, and I have dreamed of visiting Graceland for most of my life.

What is the last good book you read? “My Fight – Your Fight,” by Ronda Rousey

Who is your hero or role model? Every person in my life has had some sort of impact on me, whether that be a lesson they have taught me or an example they’ve set. I don’t think I can chose just one single person.

Is there someone you’d like to send a shout out to? To my family and friends who have always supported me in everything I do. They are the people who have helped shape me into the person I am today. I want to especially thank my parents; I could never re-pay them for all they have done for me.