March 1, 2016

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Ridge Patterson

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By Akers Editorial

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Ridge Patterson

1.7 min read| Published On: March 1st, 2016| 0 Comments|

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Age: 16 / First Academy / Student Ambassador


What kind of activities are you involved in? I just got back from Tallahassee, where I participated in the Florida House Messenger Program. Rep. Rodriguez from Fort Lauderdale sponsored me. I am chaplin for Interact Club. I’m also involved in the National Junior Honor Society and Student Government.

What did you take away from being involved with Florida House Messenger Program? My biggest takeaway was learning what it is to be a leader. You don’t really have to have a position of power; as long as you lead by example, you can really make a difference.

What are your plans for the future? I am currently part of a dual enrollment program at Lake-Sumter State College. I’m still not sure what degree I want to pursue. I’m still praying about it but I figure I still have time. I’ve considered a political degree, but also something in film.

Favorite quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”—Mahatma Gandhi.

One thing you’d like to change: One cause I’ve been interested in is the pro-life cause. I would like the best measures to be taken to ensure the safety of the mother and child, and that everyone in these situations is given a fair chance.

What is your dream job? I’ve always been fond of writing stories. I thought that could tie into the film industry and maybe I could use that to do some political activism. I’m not sure I have it all figured out yet. My parents are open to suggestions when it comes to careers. They thought the program (Florida House Messenger) would be good to help me to determine what I’d like to do.

Biggest influence: My parents are definitely my biggest influence, but my family in general is, too. And, of course, with my dad being a Bible teacher I am definitely influenced by the Bible and Jesus.

What is your favorite subject in school? History is something I’ve always enjoyed. I find it fascinating. I like that it plays out almost like a story or a book if taught right. You can look back on all the things people have done, good and bad, and learn from them. You can say what can I do better or to improve upon what they have done. I believe the key to being the change you wish to see in the world is studying history.


 

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