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January students of the month
by Chuck Friedbauer
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Emily Goldberg
In cooperation with Chaska High School, the Chaska High School Booster Club recognizes Philip Cook and Emily Goldberg as its activities/athlete student for January.

The recognition is presented to a female and male student who is a member of an activity or a team at Chaska High School. The acknowledgement is presented to a student who maintains a minimum 3.2 grade point average and excels in a leadership role in the sport or activity they participate in while representing the school.

Name: Philip Cook

Grade: Senior

Parents: Sylvia Nasla and Bill Whealon

Activity/Athletics: Soccer(captain senior year), National Honor Society (president senior year), Key Club, Track & Field, Dad’s Make a Difference, Student Council, Link Crew, Speech, International Club and Teens helping Teens.

Awards: All Conference Soccer & Gold Key Award by MCAD for Ceramics & AP Scholar with Distinction.

Q: When did you first conceive the idea of Hawk Tutors? What do you think makes it so successful?

A: It has been something I have always wanted to do. I have a passion for kids reaching their potential. Personally, I can’t learn in a classroom, so I know each session is really important. It is successful because there is a need and the staff and Principal Brecht have really helped me get the word out so everyone knows about it.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club? What advice would you give to your peers who want to succeed in school and participate in NHS and Key Club?

A: For Key Club, I absolutely love being with friends while I do something for a good cause. For NHS, I love being in charge, knowing it’s my responsibility to make sure something gets done. As for advice, love what you are doing or find a way to enjoy do-ing it and always keep your goals in your mind.

Q: What is it you enjoy most at school and what do you think is the most influential contributor to your consistently high academic performance?

A: I love being with people and am happy talking with people. My future is my strongest driving factor I am going to be success-ful. That is a fact because I will work until I am. Whenever I don’t want to do homework, I remember what that means and what I must do to be successful.

Q: Do you hope to continue playing soccer?

A: I will play soccer the rest of my life, but am not sure if that means competitively. When I am on the field, I forget about every-thing else.

Q: How do you manage school, homework, family and social time?

A: It is difficult! I find time for myself, like watching TV after school if nothing else is going on. I hang out with friends on Friday and Saturday night, even though I have to wake up early for work. I tweet, text and Facebook like any normal kid does. Every other moment is spent with activities and school.

Q: What are you listening to on our iPod right now?

A: Right now, I’m listening to J. Cole, but I like hip-hop and rap.

Name: Emily Goldberg

Grade: Junior

Parents: Howard Goldberg and Gail VonBargen

Activity/Athletics: Marching Band, Knowledge Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Science Bowl and Girls Tennis.

Awards: Just got a perfect score on ACT test.

Q: What do you love most about participating on the academic teams?

A: They’re tons of fun and it’s great to be around people who share your interests. Chaska has an outstanding tradition of strong academic teams, mostly due to our fantastic coaches.

Q: What advice would you give someone with an interest in participating on the academic teams?

A: It doesn’t matter if you think of yourself as a “smart” person. It is more important to have an awareness and retention of what you learn.

Q: What instrument do you play and why do you think being in the band has been an important part of your high school experience?

A: I play the clarinet. I came to Chaska from outside the district and didn’t know anyone. In two weeks of marching band prac-tice, I began to form friendships that have stuck with me. A friend of mine described the band room as a home within the school.

Q: Congratulations on a perfect (36) ACT test score. What advice would you give those preparing for that test?

A: I recommend reading a lot. Read novels, newspapers and magazines and think about what you read.

Q: What is the most influential contributor to your high academic performance?

A: The main reason I’ve done well in school is my work ethic and expectations of myself. I expect to do well and am willing to work hard to meet those expectations.

Q: How do you manage school, homework, family and social time?

A: Mostly, I prioritize and plan ahead. If I know I’m short on time, I do the assignments due soonest. It helps my social time con-sists of band and the academic teams.

Q: What are you listening to on our iPod right now?

A: “The Lion King” soundtrack.
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