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PHOTO courtesy of jcpenny portraitsJake Berger PHOTO courtesy of jcpenny portraitsJake Berger

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER Special to The Press in School

Jake Berger

Q: What grade are you in?

A: I am in 12th grade at Salisbury High School.

Q: What is your favorite subject? Why?

A: My favorite subject would be my film and television class, by far. It really appeals to my biggest interests and it makes me excited to learn and go to school. It’s also taught me a lot more about some of my favorite actors like Katharine Hepburn and Lucille Ball, and introduced me to new favorites like Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart.

Q: Have you received any special awards or recognition?

A: Yes, I have been on the honor roll numerous times over the years. Beyond school, I have frequently been recognized for my contributions to the trivia quiz website Sporcle, where my quizzes, mostly related to entertainment, have been featured on the home page nearly 100 times.

Q: Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?

A: Not at the moment, no. I spend most of my free time writing for a website called The TV Ratings Guide, where I write two original “shows” called Marietta and Our House. That takes up a lot of the time that I would be spending on extracurricular activities.

Q: What is your next goal after high school?

A: My next goal after high school is to find something that I am truly passionate about and pursue it.

Q: What would you say your biggest challenge has been so far?

A: I’d say that my biggest challenge has been getting through some of the issues I’ve had with my health, though those struggles have helped to make me stronger.

Q: What do you want to be remembered for?

A: I want to be remembered as someone that always made sure to use wit and humor, especially in times of trouble. I think it’s very important to try to lighten things up when times get tough, because if you do that, at least the tough times won’t be all bad. I’ve tried to do that throughout my life and that’s something I want to be remembered for.

Q: Who is in your family?

A: My family consists of my mom Lisa, my dad Kevin, my dog Laila and my cats Trixie and Savannah.

Q: Do you have someone you look up to?

A: First, I would say that I look up to my parents and my Nana and Pop-Pop because they’ve all gone through their own hardships and they’ve gotten through it and became the strong people [they are] today. They’ve all given me so much good advice that has helped to shape me. Beyond my family, I would say that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is someone else that I look up to because she’s gone through so much and came out of it strong, which taught me to persevere even when things get tough. I really admire her strength.

Q: Do you have any advice for your peers?

A: I think it’s really important to live by these three rules: always stick to your beliefs, always give everything your all and always be true to yourself.