Nastasja Vaessen, 18, of Amboy is Amboy High School’s March Student of the Month.
She is the daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Vaessen, and she has a brother, Reece, and sister, Alexzandra.
Favorite class: I took 2 years of accounting and absolutely loved it. It makes so much sense, and it’s exciting to find out after all your hard work that your numbers add up to match.
Least-favorite class: Any science class. No matter how hard I try, I can never quite remember everything. I would much rather be working with numbers.
Favorite teacher: My accounting teacher, Melissa Mills. She always has made her classes a fun environment to learn in. She pushes you to be your best, but in the end I’m glad she did. I’m definitely going to miss her when I graduate.
School activities in which you participate: National Honor Society, fall play, spring musical, vice president of Spanish Honor Society, and 2020 class president.
Civic, church, or other volunteer activities in which you participate: I am a lifelong member of East Grove Union Church, where I volunteer during vacation Bible school and Sunday school. I also volunteer at Amboy Central School as much as I can.
If you could create any new class at your school, what would it be? An American sign language course. I think it would be so fun to learn sign language and be able to open up more doors of communication.
Do you have a job? I worked part time at The First National Bank in Amboy this past summer. I absolutely loved the people I worked with and enjoyed meeting different people every day.
How would you describe your group of friends? I have known them my whole school career. They never fail to make you laugh and are really supportive.
What will you do after high school? I plan to attend Sauk Valley Community College and then transfer to major in early childhood education.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
What does it take to be a successful high school student? Being able to challenge yourself and wanting to be successful. Also, being able to have a good time while doing it.
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? My dog, Chichi. I’ve had him since I was little.
What kind of music are you listening to? Country.
What scares you? Any kind of bug.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be and why? Ireland. I think it’s so pretty and a lot of my family history is there.
What is your favorite childhood memory? Our family trip to Dollywood.
What is your life’s philosophy? Be kind to everyone.