Sade Gant, Rich East Stellar Student

Sade Gant
Rich East Stellar Student Sade Gant. (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 Sade Gant, a life-long resident of Park Forest who appreciates that Rich East Principal Mark Kramer is "always among the students," and enjoys physics and psychology classes because "they force me to think about the problem/question in order to come up with the correct answer."

Meet Sade Gant:

Are you a Park Forest Resident? How long?  Yes, I am a Park Forest Resident. I’ve lived here all my life which is 17 … going on 18 years.

At Rich East all four years? Yes. I have been at Rich East all four years. I am the last of four siblings to be graduating as a Rocket.

What do you like the most about Rich East? I like the fact that our principal (Mr. Mark Kramer) is always among the students (my freshman year, I couldn’t even tell you who the principal was). He (Kramer) actually listens to us and tries to solve our problems for the most part. You will always hear him sometime during the day. We may hate it, but at least he’s there.

Favorite classes and why? My favorite classes are physics and psychology because in many ways they force me to think about the problem/question in order to come up with the correct answer.

Favorite teachers and why. My favorite teachers/coaches are Mr. (Dwayne) Sanders, Mr. (Matt) Shank, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. (Tiffany) Conner, Mrs. (Krista) Wilcox, Mr. (Robert) Grigsby, and Mrs. (Charlene) Williams because they all have encouraged me in some way. And Mr. (Mark) Adamczyk, Mrs. (Jennifer) Christiansen and Mrs. (Amy) Bloodgood.

GPA/Class Rank. My overall GPA is 4.011 and my class rank in 6th/202.

ACT: I have taken the ACT twice. The first time I took it, I received a 20. The second time, I took it I received a 21. I plan on retaking it again in April for an even higher score.

Areas met or exceeded on PSAE.  Met all areas exceeded in mathematics.

AP Exams. I have not taken an AP exam yet but I play on taking it in May for physics.

What are you listening to on your iPod these days? I listen to some of everything. One day, I may listen to Michael Jackson. The next day, I may listen to Lionel Richie. On another day, I may listen to Drake and Beyonce. It all depends on how I feel.

What is the last book you have read? The last book I have read was George Orwell’s 1984 for my senior paper.

Favorite TV Shows. My favorite TV shows are, “The Game,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” I’ll occasionally watch “How to Rock,” “Degrassi,” and “Shake it Up.”

Places that you’d most like to visit. I would really like to visit Puerto Rico, Mexico and Hollywood. I know at one point in my life, I will eventually visit one of those places. 

Activities/Athletics/Clubs  participated in/Special awards?  I am a majorette, run track (6th in 100m dash at 2011 IHSA Class 2A Kankakee Sectionals), member of National Honor Society, member of Spanish Honor Society, drama club, participated in Snowball and Snowflake, participated in FLOW (Future Leaders of the World), DIVAS Woman Empowerment Group, concert band, percussion ensemble, poms, volleyball, mathletes, freshman first day mentor, and probably something else I’m forgetting. I won a Green and Gold Apple Award, and recently was nominated for special recognition by The Village of Park Forest.

Clubs, hobbies, community/church. Special volunteering in community.  I am in READY Youth Ministry at church, and I work at two police-sponsored sports-related summer camps called PAAC and PCSC.

College choice/Major: I want to go to North Central College in Naperville to run track and dance. I also want to major in Physics so I can teach and coach at a high school.

Where do you want to be in five years/In ten years? In the next five years, I would like to have graduated from North Central College with a degree in physics education and a minor in dance. Then I want to enlist in the U.S. Navy and serve my country. Finally, after that, I want to come back and become a teacher and coach. I want to take all my experiences from college and the Navy and help teenagers become better people and discover who they are.