Student of the Week: Kristine Kristi Jones

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Kristine &8220;Kristi&8221; Jones, an 18-year-old senior at Coosa Valley Academy is Shelby County Reporter Student of the Week.

Coosa Valley Academy Headmaster Pamela B. Lovelady selected her for the honor.

Lovelady said Kristi is an honor student with a 4.0 grade point average, who serves as editor of the school newspaper, the Rebel Reporter.

&8220;The main reason I chose Kristine as the Student of the Week is because she is an outstanding academic student and is a wonderful Christian role model for her fellow students,&8221; Lovelady said.

Kristi is the daughter of

Melda and Wayne Jones and the granddaughter of Barbara Deverell and Doris Peed.

Kristi said chemistry is &8220;probably&8221; her favorite subject.

&8220;It combines science and math, and you can make up different things with different chemical compounds and see how they react with each other,&8221; she said.

One of Kristi&8217;s favorite teachers is Shawn Baker, who teaches government and German at CVA.

&8220;Outside of teaching the normal class, we get to talk about everyday issues,&8221; Kristi said. &8220;If we have a problem, he&8217;s easy to talk to. Being a senior (she said of herself), he has real life experiences you can talk to him about. He&8217;s cool.&8221;

Kristi will receive the Valedictorian Scholarship and the Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Kristi serves as a majorette, a Junior Class Honor Marshall, a Beta Club member, a Spanish Club member, an FCA member and co-chaplain, SGA secretary and History Club president as well as a member of the CVA soccer team.

Kristi said Frodo from &8220;The Lord of the Rings&8221; by J.R.R. Tolkien is her favorite superhero.

&8220;He perseveres in a lot of difficult circumstances,&8221; she said.

&8220;I know he&8217;s a fictictious character from a book,&8221; but, she said, everything Frodo is tested by &8220;could be used for something that happens in real life. He perseveres through difficult challenges.&8221;

As to the future, Kristi said she wants to attend the University of Alabama at Huntsville to major in chemical engineering.

Engineering is a family tradition, she said, as her grandfather was a civil engineer, her brother is an industrial engineer and her cousin is also an engineer.

But aside from that, &8220;I didn&8217;t just want to be a chemist and work in a laboratory. I want to do something that would help people.&8221;