Name: Merrill Cline
School: Tecumseh High School
Extra-curricular: AFJROTC Community Service and Drill Team, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Cross Country, Musical, Rotary Speech Contest, Grace Lutheran Church Youth Group, Sailing
Claim to fame/honors: OH-881 AFJROTC Squadron Commander, Inspection Team Commander, Cadet of the Year 2017, Rotary Speech Contest 1st place local level, Optimist Speech Contest 3rd place local level
Words you live by: “If you’re going to point a finger at someone, there are three more pointing back at you.” “When life is uncertain, eat dessert first.”
Toughest challenge: Trying to be in multiple places at once
Biggest influence: My parents and friends
School-day rituals: Wake up around 5:30, do some push-ups and sit-ups before I get ready for school
What’s on your bedroom walls: Sailing awards, cross country awards, pictures of sailboats
When I’m bored I like to … Paint, draw, play or listen to music
Favorite movie: Mulan, The Finest Hours
Person who would play you in a movie: Maisie Williams
Favorite TV show: Sherlock
Favorite musical artist: Coldplay and Panic at the Disco
Favorite book: Lost Island of Tamarind
Favorite home-cooked meal: Barbecue, Lasagna
Favorite restaurant: Tropical Smoothie
Whose mind would you like to read: My dog’s
Place where you’d love to travel: New Zealand, Spain, Puerto Rico, Norway
Talent you’d like to have: The ability to pick only one favorite
Favorite school subject: Spanish, AFJROTC
Favorite athlete: Nathan Chen, team USA figure skater
Favorite team: Team USA
Something in the world I’d like to change: All children should have a safe and loving home to grow up in where they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
Favorite high school moment: Performing in multiple musicals, being a part of the AFJROTC drill team, improving my musicianship
Favorite junk food: Ice cream, Speedy freeze
Best thing about high school: It’s temporary.
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