Name: Jarod Buchta

Age: 17

School: Columbus North High School

Who are your parents, guardians, grandparents and siblings?

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Cindy Buchta, mother; John Buchta, father; Charlotte Condon, grandmother; Bob Condon, grandfather; Beth Willis, grandmother; Larry Buchta, grandfather; Dorothy Buchta, step-grandmother.

Which elementary and middle school/junior high did you attend?

North Star Montessori (elementary) and International School of Columbus (middle school).

What is your favorite class or part of the school day and why?

Math and business classes, I love working with numbers and learning about finance.

In what extracurricular activities, including music, sports or clubs, do you participate?

I am on the Columbus Icemen high school hockey team. I also do a lot of volunteering.

When you’re not in school, where is your favorite place to be and why?

The ice rink, to work on my strengths/weaknesses and develop new skills.

What has been your greatest high school memory so far, and why?

Seeing how welcome students are to people who are new to the school.

What are you looking forward to after graduation and why?

Going to college, it will relieve all of the stress I have from applying to colleges and applying for scholarships.

Who in your life has inspired you or whom do you look up to, and why?

My seventh grade Algebra 1 teacher Barbara Ream. In one semester, she successfully taught a class of 20 a year’s worth of algebra, and our class had an end-of-course assessment pass rate at more than 90 percent. Thanks to her, I got a Pass Plus, and I was shown that when given the opportunity, no matter what the situation is, your goal can be accomplished.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during or from high school?

Always turn everything in on time and do not procrastinate.

Now you get to be the artist. Draw a picture, write a poem or create some artwork that represents you.