LHS Top 10 – 5. Garrett Hicks

Get to know Number 5 Garrett Hicks as he reflects on his high school experience


Q: What is your favorite TV show/movie and why?

A: “My favorite show is Stranger Things. I really like the characters and the ’80s setting, and I think the story is really good.”

Q: If you could have or do one thing in the world, what would you do?

A: “I would travel around the world.”

Q: What has been the best moment that’s happened in your life?

A: “The best moment of my life was when I got my first bass guitar in eighth grade. Through the bass guitar I became much more interested in music, which led me on the path to deciding to major in music education.”

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you’re bored and why?

A: “When I’m bored my favorite thing to do is to talk to my friends. My friends are interesting [and] make me laugh.”

Q: Would you rather go back to the past or see the future? Why?

A: “I would rather go back to the past. I’d try not to interfere in history, but it’d be nice to go back and see portant events in my life and in history.”


Q: What college will you attend? What is your intended major?

A: “I will be attending the University of North Texas and majoring in music education.”

Q: What extracurriculars have you been in throughout high school?

A: “I’ve been in orchestra, jazz band, Junior World Affairs Council, Texas Future Music Educators, National Honor Society and Student Council.”

Q: What was the most challenging aspect about balancing extracurriculars and academics?

A: “I often had events which happened during the school day that I went to for my extracurriculars. It was challenging to make sure I get all of my work done while going to these events.”

Q: What class was the hardest for you? Why?

A: “The hardest class I took was AP Chemistry. It’s a tough subject, and I didn’t put in as much effort as I should have. I got all of my work done, but the quality of my work wasn’t as high as in other classes and I didn’t do all of the reading I was supposed to in a timely manner.”

Q: Who has helped you the most throughout this journey? How have they? 

A: “The person who has helped me most throughout this journey is my mom. Whenever I need help with applications, resumes or need someone to help me out, I can always count on my mom.”

Q: What has been the most memorable part of high school?

A: “The most memorable part of high school were all the good times I had spending time with my friends.”

Q: What do you miss most about traditional high school over at-home learning?

A: “I miss seeing my friends and teachers. At-home learning isn’t nearly as fun, since I’m working on my own instead of in a classroom with my peers, or as productive, since I don’t have teachers immediately available to help me understand the material.”

Q: What advice would you give to your freshman self?

A: “Don’t waste so much time. Watching hours of YouTube every day and playing mindless iPad games for hours isn’t good for you, intellectually or emotionally. They’re good in moderation, but not in excess. Put more of your time into practicing important skills like playing the bass and spend more time with your friends and family.”

Q: What are you most excited about regarding college?

A: “I’m most excited about growing as a musician and making lots of new friends in college.”

Q: Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?

A: “I hope to be an orchestra teacher. I don’t know whether I’ll be teaching in a high school or a middle school, but wherever I am, I hope I’m happy and I’m making a good impact on future generations.”