Five Questions: Science Hill student talks solving problems, serving others

Brandon Paykamian • Nov 15, 2018 at 11:48 PM

Kara Lucchesi, an 18-year-old senior at Science Hill High School, is looking to pursue a career in physical therapy following graduation; she’s currently enrolled in a clinical class at Science Hill that helps her gain real-world experience while still in high school.

But there’s more to Lucchesi, who recently emailed the Johnson City Press to tell us about her interests, opinions on navigating high school social life, and even a special gift she claims to have.

Lucchesi briefly:

Favorite hobbies: “I love playing tennis and going to coffee shops with my friends.”

Favorite food: Eggs, “because breakfast is my favorite meal and you can make eggs so many different ways.”

Dogs or cats: Dogs “100 percent”

Favorite music artists: Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker and Jack Johnson

Latest Netflix binge: “Grey’s Anatomy.”

What’s your favorite subject?

Math is my favorite subject, because I have always loved puzzles, and math makes me think like a puzzle. I have to figure out the right equation and strategy to solve the problem, and there is always only one right answer.

Which extracurricular activities are you involved in?  

YoungLife (a Christian youth organization) St. Mary’s (Catholic) Youth Group, SH Tennis Team, Beta Club, Student Government Association, FBLA and Mu Alpha Theta. 

Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

Mother Teresa is one of the most inspiring people to me. I have always loved serving others, therefore seeing someone else so passionate about service is incredible to me. The way she served others makes me think I could always be doing more.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing students your age?

I think a significant and growing obstacle that kids face is that we do not know how to problem solve very well anymore. We are so accustomed to having every answer at the tip of our fingers within seconds that when we are faced with an issue that causes deeper thinking and trial-and-error, we become too frustrated and give up. I have tried to defeat this challenge by not allowing myself to become too attached to my phone. I value interactions with those wiser than me so that I might learn about others’ life experiences and apply those lessons to my own life.

What’s a weird or interesting fact about yourself many do not know?

I can predict the weather based on how my knee feels!

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