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Rock Falls High School October Student of the Month: Xheneta Beqiri

November 13, 2018

Xheneta Beqiri, 17, of Rock Falls, is Rock Falls High School’s October Student of the Month. Her parents are Vajdin and Luljeta Beqiri. She has two brothers, Selver and Bajram.

Favorite class: Anatomy and physiology by far, with Mindy Porter. Such a breathtaking class; learning about the human body is very interesting.

Least-favorite class: Economics. Numbers and graphs are not my thing.    

Favorite teacher: Mindy Porter. She is the best teacher and coach I’ve ever had. Her unique style of teaching and her sense of humor are out of this world. Not only that, but she is also such a great person to rant to, and she always has an answer to all my questions, even to my weirdest ones.    

School activities in which you participate: I’m one of the leaders in Junior Optimist Club and Building Lasting Impressions that Never Die; I’m president of the Science Club and treasurer of the National Honor Society. I’m also in Spanish Club and Student Council, and I run cross country and track.  

Do you have a job? I work at KFC and I absolutely love it due to the wonderful coworkers.  

How would you describe your group of friends? We are a bunch of weirdos who try too hard to act cool.    

What will you do after high school? I’m not sure yet, but I do plan to run cross country in college and study something in the science and chemistry fields.    

What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? I never will need to know all the functions of every organelles of the cell other than mitochondria. All I need to know is the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.    

What kind of music are you listening to? I listen to any music I can dance to, so everything but country music. There’s no rhythm in country music, in my opinion.  

What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? Cycling. I ride my bike every day, no matter the circumstances,    

What is your advice for surviving high school? Keep your friend circle small and be BFFS with some of the teachers. They make the experience so much better, and your grade tends to be a bit higher.   

If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? Nothing.

What scares you? I am absolutely terrified of dogs. I never had good experiences with them.

If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? I would be a pilot for a day and fly aircraft.    

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? I would love to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza, going back in time for a day.    

What is a good book you have read recently? “Stiff” by Mary Roach. It was a really interesting book that involved human cadavers and the importance of them in our society.    

What is your proudest moment? My proudest moment so far is making varsity in cross country; the training in the summer finally paid off.    

Who is your hero/role model? I have a few idols that I look up to; my parents both have never let me give up and always were there supporting me no matter the outcome. Mrs. Porter for her work ethic, which inspires me to work hard not only in school but also in life in general and she always pushes me even when I do not think I can do it.

What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? Graduated college and living my best life with my family.  

Is there anything else you want people to know about you? Some of my toes on my feet are webbed, which means I should be a great swimmer, but I cannot swim to save my life.

What is your life’s philosophy? “If you can’t have fun, there’s no sense of doing it.” - Paul Walker

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