Congratulations to freshman, Evie Fowler, for being named "star student" by the Germantown News. Read her interview below:
Name: Evie Fowler
Family: Ali (Mother), Brian (Father), Jack (Brother), Elle (Sister)
Grade and School: Ninth Grade, St. Mary's Episcopal School
Favorite Sport: Dance. Throughout my life, I have tried participating in many sports; however, only one stuck. Dance. I have loved to dance ever since my parents put me in my first ballet class at three years old. I carried that love of dance with me as I danced for six years at Tennessee Junior Ballet Theater.
Who is your hero and why?: I have two heroes who have greatly influenced my life. The first is my elementary school music teacher, Mrs. Miller. Mrs. Miller taught me for seven years and never once did I become bored or uninterested in her class. From learning to play the glockenspiel and other Orff instruments, to becoming comfortable singing in my head-voice Mrs. Miller has greatly influenced the love for music that I have today. My second hero is my current drama teacher, Mrs. Madden. I have been acting with Mrs. Madden since I was in the fourth grade, and in the time I have known her I have grown to appreciate how lucky I am to have her as such an amazing teacher. Since entering high school, I have been given the amazing opportunity to not only act in my school's productions, but to help back stage for the shows that I am not in. I have been able to see the amount of time, energy, and work that it takes to put on a show and how Mrs. Madden does it so well. From being her student, I have learned confidence, team work, and back stage etiquette, and I am so thankful.
What career interests you and why?: I would love to have a career working in music business. The behind the scenes work that it takes to produce and promote an artist really interests me. I love that with a job in the music business, there is not really a set time of day that you work; it essentially becomes your life. I would also love getting to make connections and meet so many people in the industry.
What is your favorite song?: The question "what is your favorite song?" is one that I am frequently asked, and it is a very hard question for me to answer because I love so many equally amazing songs; however, there is a song that has remained a constant in my life for the past couple of years. It is called "Riptide" by Vance Joy. I first heard this song when I was in the sixth grade, and I loved it from the minute I heard the ukuleles in the intro. When I was in seventh grade, I found out that one of my best friends also loved it. We decided that we would do a cover of "Riptide" for fun where she would play ukulele and I would play guitar. We had tried to do a few covers in the past, but none had the same energy and excitement that we put into that song. Last year, my friend and I had the opportunity to play that same cover at a major venue in Nashville, and now, that is undeniably one of my favorite memories.
What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is La La Land because of its plotline, costumes, and soundtrack. The movie is about an aspiring actress who meets an aspiring musician who is trying to revive jazz music. La La Land won many awards when it first came out, and because of that, some could begin to feel that it is being overrated, but not me. I love that the costumes perfectly fit the retro theme of the movie, and the soundtrack's sound varies from song to song while still being cohesive. I also love that while being a musical where the characters sing about their problems, it does not have a perfect, happy ending.
Who inspires you the most?: My parents inspire me the most. My Dad went to Murray State University in Kentucky and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, spent time interning in Washington, D.C., and is now the CEO and founder of Revolution Partners LLC. My mom went to The University of Tennessee at Knoxville on a full scholarship and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, was Miss Tennessee, went on to study law at Vanderbilt University, and is now the general counsel at Revolution Partners. My parents have shown me that hard work really does pay off, and I am very glad that they ended up in Memphis because I have been able to attend my amazing school, St. Mary's.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?: If I could change one thing about the world, as impossible as it seems, I would eliminate jealousy. I feel that most hatred results from jealousy and the wish that we were someone else because people often misinterpret their jealousy of someone for dislike of that person. If everyone would embrace the differences between people, maybe they would feel more comfortable in their own skin. By being more comfortable, they would not be as jealous and therefore, there would be less hatred in the world.
What is your goal for the rest of the year?: My goal for the rest of this year is to continue working hard in all of my classes and to enjoy the rest of my first year in high school. I cannot wait to see what high school has in store for me and my amazing grade.