Evan Guest is not a typical high school student. The DeKalb High School senior has a vision for his future, and he’s on his way to making it happen.
Guest, the son of Tom and Laurie Guest of DeKalb, took a few minutes to talk with reporter Debbie Behrends after being recognized as a Leader of Tomorrow by DeKalb County KEYS [Keep Encouraging Youth to Succeed].
Behrends: Tell me what you’re involved in at school.
Guest: I’m the president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the senior class and a student council executive. I’m involved with DCP/SAFE [DeKalb County Partnership for a Safe, Active and Family Environment], I play trombone in both the marching and pep bands, and I’m on the speech team. My event is extemporaneous speaking.
Behrends: What are you involved in outside of school?
Guest: Last summer, I earned my Eagle Scout designation. My project was providing smoke detectors to about 50 families. I’m also in YEP [Youth Engaged in Philanthropy] for the second year.
Behrends: What are you plans for college?
Guest: I’m planning to go to Drake University [in Des Moines, Iowa] to double major in business and political science. Drake has a good political science program, and just a good curriculum in general.
Behrends: What are your career plans?
Guest: I would like to get into politics and hope to get elected to Congress.
Behrends: What made you choose that career path?
Guest: I think it takes a special kind of person to get elected. It takes someone who is organized, influential and just generally a good person. I believe I have those qualities.