March Student of the Month: David Binkley

May 10, 2019

David Binkley, 18, of Dixon, is Dixon High School’s March Student of the Month. He is the son of Edward and Laura Binkley, and he has two sisters, Stephanie and Kaitlyn.

Favorite class: Digital Media Arts at Whiteside Area Career Center.

Least-favorite class: Physical education.

Favorite teacher: Lee Eastman was the person who got me to join Key Club when he was the adviser for Dixon High School. His enthusiasm and passion to his subject is unparalleled to other teachers. 

School activities in which you participate: Key Club, theater, Building Lasting Impression that Never Die (B.L.I.N.D.), Pride Team, freshman mentoring.

Civic, church, volunteer or activities in which you participate: I have more than 300 service hours in Key Club.

How would you describe your group of friends? Fun, energetic, and caring. 

What will you do after high school? I plan to major in secondary education at Loyola. I have always wanted to be a high school teacher. 

What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? How to analyze poetry.

What kind of music are you listening to? Broadway musicals.

What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? Friends.

What is your advice for surviving high school? Socialize as much as possible and get your homework in on time, every time.

If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? Bring back reserved parking.

What scares you? The unknown.

If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? I would love to act on stage since I am involved in the Theater Department and love Broadway. I would just like to know what it’s like to be a Broadway actor.

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Tokyo.

What is a good book you have read recently? “What If?” by Randall Munroe.

What is your proudest moment? When I won the Key Club’s Robert F. Lucas Outstanding Lieutenant Governor Award. It is given to a select few lieutenant governors who excelled at their job during their terms. The award [is a symbol of the person’s excellence as] lieutenant governor and is a symbol of their hard work and dedication.

Who is your role model? Geoff Vanderlin. He is the Kiwanis adviser for the DHS Key Club and has been helping me not only in Key Club, busy also in school and life. His dedication to Key Club and everything else has shaped me to be the person that I am today and I can never repay him for that. 

What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? I hope to be a high school teacher and living my best life possible.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I’m just a big guy trying to live in a small world.

What is your life’s philosophy? Smile more and you will always have a better time with anything.

Shout out: To everyone who made this possible.