Worrell said getting set to graduate high school marks a period when people her age learn to gradually gain independence and find themselves as young adults and as leaders.
Worrell recently spoke to the Johnson City Press to tell us more about herself, her experiences as a student and opinions on public education.
Hobbies/Interests: “In my spare time, I like listening to music or playing guitar.”
Cats or Dogs: Cats.
Favorite Food: Mac and cheese.
Favorite Movies: “Silence of the Lambs” and “Grease.”
Interesting Fact: “I’ve been to nine classic rock concerts in the past four years and hope to go to more soon.”
What’s your favorite subject?
I’ve always been most interested in math and science, but during this school year, calculus has become my most favorite class. My teacher, Mr. Curtis Dishner, definitely deserves a lot of the credit for that, because he’s always been there to encourage me to keep trying in his classes and to help me explore things that I don’t understand or things that I do understand but want to dig deeper into.
What have been some of your most memorable moments as a student?
The Musket Bowl has always been a highlight of my year, ever since middle school, especially because I’m a huge football fan. This year, I’ve also got to be a special needs student peer tutor, which has been a really great experience — not only getting to know all the students but the staff in the special education department as well.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles students face these days?
This is my personal experience. As a student, as you get older and mature, your parents and other adults always encourage you to take responsibility, do what you think is right, and work with others to get things done. Simple, common things. But sometimes, even into high school, it feels like even when my friends or I try to take the lead on something, we are often met with opposition from adults who want to do things their own way without children giving their input. I am sure their intentions are never bad, and that they think they know what’s best, but sometimes it feels as though adults take away some of our best opportunities to make big decisions and take responsibility for ourselves.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
Outside of school, I’m mostly involved in community service, through school organizations such as Student Council, and also through my youth group. Within the Student Council, I currently serve as secretary, and each of our members completes at least 40 hours of community service per school year. This is mostly through after-school events, fundraisers and homecoming events. With my youth group, I go on a mission trip yearly, and I have been to Birmingham, Alabama, to serve kids living in the projects for the past three years.
Who is your biggest historical role model?
I’m going to go with a historical figure and say mine is Marie Curie. She was a woman who pioneered discoveries in nuclear science, and I hope someday I can do even slightly as much for that community as she did in her life.