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Posted on: April 4, 2014

Matthew Wagner, Rich East Stellar Student

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This is another in a series of stellar students from “The Class of 2014” at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill. All students were given a series of the same questions. All responses are in their exact words, except for minor editing for content and space when needed. Today’s student is Matthew Wagner.


Are you a Park Forest Resident? How long? At Rich East all four years? I’ve lived in Park Forest my whole life, and I’ve attended Rich East since the very first day of my freshman year.

What do you like most about Rich East? Is there anything you would have done differently? My favorite thing about Rich East is the teachers. Nearly all of my teachers have been kind, respectful, and good at encouraging me in my work. If I could do one thing differently, it would be to allow more freedom with scheduling classes.

Activities/Athletics participated in? Special awards? I’ve been a member of Scholastic Bowl from freshman to senior year, and my team took first place in conference in 2012 after going undefeated for the whole season. I was in Mathletes my freshman year and rejoined my senior year. I am also a member of the National Honor Society and I am the treasurer for Spanish National Honor Society.

GPA/Class Rank: My GPA is a 3.9 and I am currently ranked 3rd out of 168 in my senior class.

ACT: My ACT score was a 33.

Teacher{s} and/or coaches who have most inspired you: Mr. (Sean) Coughlin was my Scholastic Bowl coach, he has helped me a lot with my confidence, and with leading my team.

Areas met/exceeded in PSAE/AP Exams: I exceeded in Math and English on the PSAE. I’ve taken the AP exams in three subjects. I scored a ‘3’ on the AP Calculus Exam, a ‘4’ on the American Studies English Exam and a ‘5’ on the AP United States History Exam.

College choice/major: I want to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My ultimate goal is to earn a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at U of I.

What music is replaying on your ipod, mpg3, or phone these days? I mostly listen to rock and heavy metal like Aerosmith, Queen, Slipknot and System of a Down.

Favorite TV Shows/Books? I don’t watch much TV. However, I love the Harry Potter Series, the Dragon Series, the Song of Ice and Fire Series, and other fantasy books of all kinds.

Favorite junk foods? I love mac and cheese, hot tea and my favorite restaurant is Fuddruckers.

Places that you’d most like to visit? It would be amazing if I could visit Japan or Germany.

Where do you want to be in five years? In ten years? In five years, I want to start a stable career so I can have a good income and begin a life on my own. In 10 years, I want to have a nice house, a great family and a job that I love.

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