Sarah Navarro, 18, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High School’s students of the month for February. She is the daughter of Oscar and Tina Navarro, and has four siblings: Oscar, Christian, Joshua and Adriana.
Favorite class: Currently my favorite class is speaking because I like to share my views and opinions in a public, yet accepting space. I also like to hear what other people have to say about my point of view, and I also like to hear their point of view. My all-time favorite course is Environmental Science, because I love learning about natural systems and sustainability.
Least favorite class: math, because I think math and numbers are very boring compared to classes like social studies and English.
Favorite teacher: Tyler Gaumer, because he always taught me to never give up, and he has such a fun personality.
If you could create a new class in your school, what would it be? It would be a lesson in sustainability, because creating a sustainable planet is more important than ever right now. Also, many people already care about the environment, but many simply don’t know how. This class would explore the depths of why there are negative changes in the environment and how to improve them.
School activities you are involved in: I am involved in student council, National Honor Society, Key Club president, cross country, and track and field. The student council is responsible for organizing homecoming, prom, fundraising for causes, and other school events. The National Honor Society requires a certain number of community service hours and different projects are carried out throughout the year. Key Club also has many service projects, such as going to the PADS homeless shelter.
Do you have a job? I have two jobs. I work at the downtown theater in Sterling and I also work at the Westwood Fitness Center. I like working in theater because it’s a pretty simple job to be able to give concessions to people and clean up. I like Westwood because I can work with kids and also get a free gym membership.
How would you describe your group of friends? Exciting, athletic, loyal, honest and hilarious people who are great fun to be around.
What will you do after high school? l I intend to major in environmental studies. Afterwards, I plan to go to law school to become an environmental lawyer. I don’t know where I’m going right now.
If you could change one thing in your school, what would it be? I wish there was more funding for cross country and track and field. I’m into both sports, so it’s always good to have more money in the program.
What does it take to succeed in high school? You have to work hard even if you don’t want to. Stay invested/interested and try to incorporate the information you learn into your daily life. It is also important to stay motivated.
What do you do in your free time? I like going to the gym, running and painting/drawing.
What is one thing in your life that you can’t live without? I can’t do without running, because it’s something that has occupied me for a large part of my life. Running makes me happy and keeps me sane.
What genre of music do you listen to ? I listen to pop music at the moment.
What are you afraid of? Heights scare me, but they are also exciting.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? I would choose to be president for a day because I would like to see all the stress that entails, as well as all the secret information that I would also have access to.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? I would go to Israel, because of its religious significance and its history.
What is your favorite childhood memory? Going to Arizona with my family to visit my sister.
What’s the best way to cheer yourself up? Spending time and being authentic with me.
What is your philosophy of life? Never give up, even when it’s hard.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about you? I am very passionate about politics and the environment!
What’s your favorite …
Food: Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Arthur’s Garden Deli
Music Artist: Billie Eilish
TV Show: “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Professional or college sports team: Chicago Bulls