School: Northwest Christian High School in Lacey.
Parents or guardians: Carl and Cynthia Hancock.
Best personal achievement: I received the Coaches Award in basketball this year. My coach said, “She was the one who held us together when things were rough. She was tireless and always had a smile. (Her teammates) looked to her for stability.” His words meant a lot, and I have learned so many great life lessons while on the basketball court.
How I spend my time: Schoolwork, friends, church activities, theater, basketball and piano.
Favorite subjects: Bible, calculus, world history, economics and world literature (in other words, all of them).
Favorite movie: “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.”
Favorite book: “Life on the Edge” by James Dobson.
Dream job: Stay-at-home mom.
Someone I respect: My dad.
The hardest part of being a student is: You have to sit down in school all day and then go home and sit to do homework.
My ambitions or career aspirations include: Getting a degree in business management and working for my dad in his business.
Someone famous I would like to meet: Steven Spielberg.
Someday, looking back on my life, I’ll be able to say: I lived my life to the fullest potential and pleased God with my thoughts, words, and actions.
Biggest challenge facing teenagers today: Since we go to school for so long and are treated like kids for much longer than, say, 100 years ago, I think our biggest problem is transitioning into adult life. We seem to have our “own little world” that is very hard to enter from an adult’s perspective; yet it needs to be integrated into the real world earlier than the day we turn 18 or 21. I’m not saying that all teenagers are like this; but many, including me, have some part of us that almost rebelliously works to gain independence.
One thing in the world I would change if I could: Among the peoples of the world, there is a lot of hate, strife, conflicts and wars; but if it were up to me, I would change our hearts so that we would all love one another.
Nominated by: Tad Sowers, who wrote: “Alyssa is one of those students whom you love to watch live life. She is a shining example of what it means to be committed to excellence in all areas – not just those that have come easily. She is one of the most focused, hardworking students I have known. She is not afraid of a challenge. She will meet it with diligence and determination that is all too rare, today.”