Grace Krider

Interview with Grace Krider, Senior at Bluffton High School.

How old are you?
I’m 17. I turn 18 in February.

Do you like your name?
I do. I like it a lot.

If you had to change your name what would it be?
I don’t really know. My mom always said if I had a twin she would name it Megan. So, probably Megan.

What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
Since Bluffton does the whole technology thing here with the iPads you can Airdrop different things. We were in our Honors English class, which is a college level class so it’s a little bit more stressful. We were about to read a play and apparently some of the boys in the class were messaging and sharing pictures. A boy tried to airdrop a picture to another one and airdropped it to our teacher. It was a giant talking fish. The teacher was asking who did it. No one would fess up. The teacher said she wasn’t mad she was just going to get even. So now airdropping in our class has became sort of like a game. Mrs. Chaney is the best.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
Probably Greece. Just because it looks so pretty there. A friend of mine visited and Jade fell in love with it. Seems really cool to me.

That would be a beautiful place to visit.

You have found a suitcase containing $1 million. The authorities say it’s yours to keep. What do you do with it?
I’m in the hospital a lot so I’d probably pay for a lot of my medical bills and college tuition. After that just whatever I need and whatever I want to do. I have a dog that I spoil a lot so probably get him a new bed.

Hahah, a new dog bed perfect! I’m sorry to hear that you have been in the hospital a lot.

Tell me something about a parent or relative that you find awesome and you hope to accomplish someday?
My grandpa has been like super influential in my life and he was in the military. So was my dad. My grandpa was the highest rank you could be in the Air Force. He’s a man of few words, but he’s very loving and tender. He just goes out of his way to make people’s day a lot better. I remember he would actually play hide-and-go-seek with me and my sisters out in their woods. They live in the UP in Michigan and they have like a hunting shack. I was hiding in there and something spooked me. I busted my elbow through the window and I thought he would be so mad. He was a 100% fine. He said ‘we won’t tell grandma. We’ll just tell her that a deer ran into it’. To this day she still doesn’t know. It was cool of my grandpa to have my back.

That is awesome!

What are you proudest of?
I had a blood clot over the summer, which is why I’m in the hospital a lot. It was in my inferior vena cava so it was almost to my heart. I had to go in for surgery to get it removed. Then I was on self-injections for three months. I had a deathly fear of needles, but I did do my self-injections twice a day. So just overcoming that and having my family be super supportive. My oldest sister would ask me a dumb question everyday so it gave me something to think about while my mom gave me my injection in my stomach. So overcoming that and I have to have another surgery in the next year to get a wire stint put into my veins to keep them open.

You have a lot going on. I’m sorry.
It’s ok. I have a rare condition called May-Thurner syndrome. Blood doesn’t get through so it makes a clot.

I am glad you are doing well now. You are ok with me publishing this?
Oh yes, It gets awareness out for May-Thurner’s where there is not a lot of funding for research for it.

You are a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?
A really light blue. Like a light ocean blue.

Do you own a pet? What are their names?
Oh yes, I have two dogs and they are my life. I have a Pug named Zeus and a Brittany Spaniel named Sam. They’re my children basically.

Do you remember how they got their names?
My dad was deployed in the military when I was in third grade and my cousin was getting rid of their dog because their landlord wouldn’t let them have him. So we took him and put in votes. I think my sister’s vote won and she named him Samson. Then with Zeus I just thought it was funny because he is a Pug. So I was like let’s give him a really powerful name. A name like Zeus might scare some people, but then they see this snorty little pig coming around the corner.

Too funny!

Can you tell me a joke?
There is one that made me roll my eyes all the time. My dad, he is funny. I remember being like 5 and saying ‘Dad, I’m hungry’. He would say ‘Hi Hungry, I’m dad’. Now I do that to other people.

Perfect!

What is your favorite class in school and why?
I love Science. Even though it was probably the hardest class I’ve taken, I loved Biology with Mr. Price. I’m going into the medical field so just learning about the biology of life was really interesting. Science has always come easy to me.

That’s really cool.

What’s your favorite game to play and why?
In gym class we play a game called Zingo. It’s kind of like soccer, but you can use your hands sometimes. I really enjoy playing that. I always liked soccer.

Are you involved in school sports, music or other activities? Any outside of school activities?
I’m on the varsity swim team. I love it. It’s a pretty brutal sport. You just kind of tear your body down. But the team is great. I have had 3 wonderful coaches in my life. Hunter Cunningham, Justin Uptgraft and Amanda Burman. It’s amazing how fast a team turns into a family. Like the football players their motto is F.A.M.I.L.Y. Forget about me I love you. That’s how everybody views it here at the school. Just one big family. I think that makes all the difference in how you perform. I also have a part-time job as a lifeguard at the YMCA. I like my job. I go to Campus Life too. Our director, Josh Goodman is a great guy.

That is wonderful.

Who is one of your friends that make you laugh all the time?
Hailey, hands down. There is something about her. Even when she is being serious she just cracks me up. I think she can sense when I’m having a bad day and she will just say something. She’s a light in the room.

Who is your most academically inclined friend?
Ava. She is tied with 3 other girls to be our Valedictorian right now. She is dedicated.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years and how will you get there?
I recently accepted a scholarship from Ball State and I’m going there for Nursing.  I’ve done so much school credit here at Bluffton, which I’m so thankful for that I will probably be able to finish in 3 years or enroll as a sophomore. I want to sign up to be a travel nurse. It’s a way to do what I love and also see different things. I’m also interested in doing the Mercy Ship which docks in foreign aid countries and they help people who need it. They come aboard the ship. It’s kind of like Doctors Without Borders.

Good for you!

It is awesome to meet you. You sound like you are on your way to a really great future filled with success.

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