Meet Sophia Stern, a 2020 graduate of Monarch High School.
Please tell us about your current plans after high school and what inspired you to choose this path? I plan on going to Arizona State University as part of the Barrett’s honors program. I will be majoring in Graphic Information Technology on the polytechnic campus, and also plan on riding for the ASU equestrian team.
Please tell us a little bit about your family. We have a family of four: My mom Cameo, my dad Dan, and my younger brother Shane – plus our dog Ginger. We originally lived in California for most of my life, then moved to Colorado about 7 years ago. We love movie nights, board games, adventures, and traveling, especially to Kauai, Hawaii.
Q: What are couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
A: I love Waterloo, Verde, and of course Sweet Cow. The best ice cream I have ever had!
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
A: That’s a hard question. Throughout my time living here I have met so many different and interesting people, I couldn’t pick one.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: I would definitely want to travel to Kauai. I know it doesn’t seem like a big trip, but Kauai has a special place in my heart and my family’s heart. We have been going there since I was 6 months old. Its our happy place. It’s also so beautiful and there are so many fun and adventurous activities to do.
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
A: I would have to say my favorite movie is The Imitation Game, and my favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy.
Q: What’s the best advice you ever received from a teacher? Who was the teacher?
A: The best advice I ever got from a teacher was to believe in myself. This teacher would tell me this all the time through my four years of high school, even when I was a senior and wasn’t in his class. He would always tell me this before I took a math test, which was my weakest subject. Thank you Mr. Evans for everything you have done for me over the years and for helping with my confidence not just in math, but in life as well.
Q: What is your go to band / singer when you cant decide what to listen to?
A: My go-to band is 5 Seconds of Summer.
Q: If you could choose anyone to have lunch with, who would you choose? Why? And where, locally, would you meet for this lunch?
A: I would love to have lunch with McLain Ward and his horse HH Azur. He is a professional show jumper and a 3 time Olympic medalist. He is such an inspiration to me when I ride. I love watching his riding videos and learning from them. I would probably want to meet at Waterloo for lunch.
Q: What is your favorite thing about our community?
A: I love downtown Louisville. I have always loved small towns and even though Louisville isn’t small small, downtown Louisville adds that touch. My friends and I love to go and just walk around, or go swimming and then have a picnic with food from any of the restaurants, along with an ice cream cone from Sweet Cow.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
A: I don’t really know. Hopefully I am still showing in the equestrian world. I hope to eventually get a job with National Geographic and help create the amazing movies and shows they make about our earth and the animals and plants that live on it.
Q: What show are you binge-watching right now?
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
A: My favorite day is the first day of spring. I have always loved spring. Most of the time it’s never too hot or too cold, the temperature is just right, and I love seeing everything turn green again.
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
A: Definitely my mom and dad.
Q: If you could go back over your entire school career, what is one thing you would do differently?
A: I would definitely be more outgoing. I have always been shy as a kid, and because of that it was always hard for me to make friends so for the first 3 years of high school till the end of junior year. I didn’t really have any close friends. Maybe 2 or three. Then I met the group I am friends with today, and I wouldn’t pick another friend group.
Q: Who or what do you miss the most right now?
A: I definitely miss my friends. I miss hugging and laughing with them.
Q: What’s the first thing you want to do when this quarantine is over?
A: Go swimming and boating at a lake with a huge group of my friends and have a big summer party!