Mike Owens

The full interview with 2021 homecoming court queen candidate Ally Pruente

Morgan Tate (she/her)

 Michael Owens

Who were you nominated by? Business Professionals of America, BPA, the Northwest Passage, Link Crew, Photojournalism, Young Republicans Club and Chick-fil-A Club.  

What are you involved in at Northwest? I think the biggest things that I’ve been involved in would be Student Council. I serve as the executive board treasurer. a member of KUGR, I serve as one of four executive producers. I serve National Honor Society as their treasurer as well. I’m involved in Business Professionals of America. I’ve been involved in varsity golf for four years. And I did Link Crew for the last two years, really enjoyable to be able to welcome freshmen to Northwest.

What is your favorite food? I have to go with some good old Kansas City style barbecue. I just think it’s unbeatable.

What’s the best movie ever made? I think the best movie ever made, a movie that I always go back to and watch, would be Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

What’s your favorite song? I’d have to go Come on Eileen by the Dixie Runners. It’s just a great song that I really enjoy. 

What is your most frequently used emoji? I think it’s gonna have to be the surfer emoji. 

What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear would have to be probably setting goals that I won’t meet or that I might make myself unavailable to meet. Failure, I’m not really afraid to try but you know but failure is always scary. 

Who is your hero? It has to be my grandmother on my mom’s side. She lost her husband when my mom was 16. So she’s been on her own for the past 30 years, and she’s a very strong woman. She manages all the finances of my grandfather’s accounting firm. She’s been a really good role model for me. 

Who has been your most influential teacher? The answer to that question is Sarah Dent. The most caring, heartwarming, loving person you’ll arguably ever meet in your life. She wants to work hard for you. She wants you to succeed. She’s a therapist for myself, as well as many others she provides great advice on topics about anything you can think about.

If you could say one thing to the rest of the senior class, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to embarrass yourself. I think a lot of people hold back from doing what they really love, because they’re gonna be afraid that people are gonna make fun of them. But I just think life is so short, especially here at Northwest, they all know it’s coming to an end. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and have fun with what you really want to do. 

If you could say one thing to underclassmen, what would it be? It goes by fast, get involved. If you’re miserable coming to school every day. It’s just not going to be fun. Get yourself involved in the clubs, sports, whatever you want to do, start a club that is not there. Just go and get yourself involved and cherish every moment. 

What will you remember about NW? The smiles on the teachers faces and the smiles they put on my face. And the teachers I’ve gotten to know super well since freshman year, the sponsors of the clubs and organizations involved in. What makes Northwest a great school is the people and how hard they work for you and how much they want you to succeed and how happy they are to see you every day. They are happy to come and work and help you grow as a person.