Interview with Eli Johnson, Freshman at Norwell High School
How old are you?
Do you like your name?
Yeah. There’s nothing special about it, but I like it.
If you had to change your name what would it be?
Um, I don’t know. Tyler, I don’t know. I just like that name I guess.
What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
Watching the goats yesterday I saw one slip and fall. That was pretty funny. He slipped on a patch of ice and fell over. That was pretty funny.
[Interviewer Laughing] Were his legs like going all different directions?
Yeah. He fell and he was like freaked out. Then he got back up and ran away.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
Probably Hawaii or an island that’s warm. I don’t like cold weather.
What would you do in Hawaii?
Go to the beach. Enjoy the warm weather.
You have found a suitcase containing $1 million. The authorities say it’s yours to keep. What do you do with it?
Give a little bit and invest the rest.
Who would you give some to?
Probably my church. I would give some to them and probably invest the rest.
Good Plan. I like it.
Tell me something about a parent or relative that you find awesome and you hope to accomplish someday?
My grandpa. He didn’t go to college or anywhere, but he’s done well. He owns some businesses. He has cows and stuff and he’s just done well. Like I don’t have to go to college to be successful.
That’s great. Do you still plan to go to college?
I still plan to go to college.
So you have a pretty close relationship with your grandpa?
Yes, I do.
What are you proudest of?
I don’t know. Being able to do well in sports and getting good grades while doing it. That’s really hard.
You are a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?
There’s two ways to go about this one. Be a crayon that everybody uses or be a crayon that nobody uses so you live longer.
[Interviewer laughing] That’s awesome.
I’d probably be like Teal or something. I like that color.
And you think that one might last a little longer in the box?
I don’t know. I feel like that would go pretty fast. At least I would use it.
Do you own a pet? What are their names?
We have 2 dogs, but they live out in the field with all our goats. If you count our goats we have a lot of pets. Mario and Emmy.
Do you remember how they got their names?
No. We got them from Montana. They just came with those names. They are all mixes, but one is like a Grey Polynesian and something else.
Can you tell me a joke?
What’s a pirate’s favorite restaurant?
I don’t know. What?
(Interviewer Laughing) That’s a good one.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
Physical Education. It gives me something to be active throughout the day. I don’t have to sit down the entire day, which helps me. I don’t like sitting the entire day.
Are you involved in school sports, music or other activities? Any outside of school activities?
Wrestling, baseball and soccer. Teen Court. That’s fun. I like doing that. I’m a junior leader for 4-H.
Good for you!
What is your favorite game to play and why?
Probably Black Ops 4.
My son and husband like to game. Does your dad game with you?
No. Me and my brother do though.
Who is one of your friends that makes you laugh all the time?
Kellen. He makes me laugh. We laugh a lot.
Who is your most academically inclined friend?
Corey. He did really well on the PSAT.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years and how will you get there?
I’d go to college. Get a degree for who knows what and then do that job. Start a family I guess. I’d do good in school, get good grades and go to college. Work hard I guess.
Any ideas on what you want to go for in college?
I’ve thought about going into education. I’ve thought about medicine. I’ve thought about a lot of things actually, but I haven’t really narrowed it down yet.
Well with good grades you will have a lot of options.
I can tell you will have lots of success. It was a pleasure meeting with you.
Teen Talk is a service supported by Southern Wells Schools, Northern Wells Schools, and Bluffton Harrison Schools, …. to promote dialogue and community among area high school students.
Interviewer: Amy Serafini
News-Banner, Bluffton, Indiana