Student of the Week: Lizzie Echols

Published 7:46 pm Thursday, April 23, 2020

Student of the Week: April 19, 2020

Name: Lizzie Echols
School: Oak Mountain High School
Grade: 10th
What’s your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school is History. I love being able to see how we have gotten to where we are today. I find it so interesting to see the reasons things have happened and how that affected everyone. It’s crazy to me to think that one day the times I’m living in today will be written in a history book.
What school groups are you involved in?
I volunteer at the Oak Mountain Color Run. I also help out every year in homecoming activities including float building and games. Before this year I had played lacrosse for 4 years and this year decided to focus on school.
What community groups are you involved in?
Every Thanksgiving my dad and I cook turkeys for a few local charities and help provide them with thanksgiving dinner. Every year I also volunteer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s day of caring which provides help to many local outreach programs. I also enjoy supporting The Greater Humane Society of Birmingham. I am also an active member  of The Church of The Highlands and I attend the Greystone campus.
Who is your favorite teacher?
I am very lucky to go to a school where all of my teachers are truly amazing and have such a positive impact on my life. One of my favorite teachers is Mrs. Gandy who is my Spanish 2 teacher. She has such a vibrant personality and is so kind. I am not the biggest fan of Spanish but she has made me love learning about all of the different cultures. She has introduced me to so many places and things I would love to go see or try one day. She is also so encouraging when I struggle. I also truly enjoy Mr. Di’ Piazza’s history class. He is very open for class discussions and always has a story to incorporate in his lessons that keep us interested. He always listens to our opinions and values our input in discussions.
What are your hobbies?
I love to cook and bake. My dad and I have bonded over our love to cook things and create our own recipes. I also am interested in anything to do with art and photography. I love creating collages of pictures for my room or my friends. I  also enjoy interior design and helping my friends decorate their bedrooms.
If you could donate $100 to a charity, which one would you choose?
If I had $100 to donate to a charity I would choose Feeding America. It hurts me so much to know that so many people in our country struggle with hunger everyday. The fact that people who live in the same school system as me are affected by this. It’s not just people who live across the world or country. I think this organization is doing amazing things to end hunger in America. Especially in the times we are in right now, children are in need. Families who rely on school lunches no longer have them. Just $1 can provide 10 meals. I believe donating $100 to this organization would make the most out of this money.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Currently, I have not decided exactly  what I want to be when I grow up. I do know that when I have gotten to a place in my life I would love to be able to  help others with the resources that I have and they do not. I am a very empathetic person, so when others hurt I do too. I would love to help people from all different backgrounds and ages to have a better chance to succeed. I have a leader type of personality so I would love to be a boss or own my own company that would allow me to use resources to help people.

The Shelby County Reporter’s Student of the Week is open to students of all ages who attend public, private or home schools in the county. To nominate someone, contact Scott Mims at 250-669-3131 or






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