Laura Banya, Rich East Stellar Student

Laura Banya
Rich East Stellar Student Laura Banya. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)- eNews Park Forest continues with our series of stellar students from Rich East High School. Mr. Kevin Kredens, the school’s publicity liaison, provides each student a series of the same questions. All responses are in the students’ exact words, except for minor editing for content and space when needed.

We are pleased to feature Laura Banya, whose hobbies include "running, hanging out with my friends, shopping, going to the movies and working out..

Meet Laura Banya:

Are you a Park Forest Resident? How long?  Yes. I am a Park Forest resident and have been for seven years. I came to America with my family from Sierra Leone (a country in West Africa on the Atlantic Ocean coast) in 1985.

At Rich East all four years? Yes. I have been a student at Rich East all four years.

What do you like the most about Rich East? I like the positive interaction between students and teachers. I also like the fact that the teachers are always encouraging students to do better.

Favorite classes and why? My favorite class in AP Biology because I like science and my teacher is always encouraging and wants us to learn more every day.

Favorite teachers and why: My favorite coach is Ms.(Christine) Cook {cross country} because she is like a mentor to me. She always has a lot of faith and hope in me and is always encouraging me to do better. I don’t really have one favorite teacher because they are all great teachers to me.

GPA/Class Rank: My grade point average is 3.878 and my class rank is 9th out of 203.

ACT: I received a 17 on my ACT. I may retake it.

Areas met or exceeded on PSAE:  I exceeded in Mathematics and met in reading

AP Exams. I have not yet taken any AP Exams.

What are you listening to on your iPod these days? I listen to all kinds of music as long as it sounds appealing to my ear (Rap, R & B, Pop, Rock, etc.)

What is the last book you have read? The last book I read was Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

Favorite TV Shows: My favorite TV shows are Family Guy, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Two and a Half Men

Places that you’d most like to visit: I would love to visit Paris, England, Barcelona (Spain), Brazil and Mexico.  

Activities/Athletics/Clubs participated in/Special awards:  Best Buddies, Cross Country, National Honors Society, Track and Field. Awards: Outstanding junior award, Presidential Fitness Award, Varsity Cross Country honors award, Green and Gold Apple Award.

Clubs, hobbies, community/church. Special volunteering in community: Kiwanis Club, Key Club. Hobbies: running, hanging out with my friends, shopping, going to the movies and working out. Community Service: Volunteer at the annual Park Forest Pancake Breakfast; help with annual Halloween decorations in downtown Park Forest; volunteer to help with table tennis tournaments at Governor’s State University.

College choice/Major: I will be attending the University of Iowa to major in nursing.

Where do you want to be in five years/In ten years? In five years, I plan to have graduated from the university with my nursing degree and working. In 10 years, I would be married with a child, working and earning a master’s degree.