Kenzie Talks Willis Junior High School

Kenzie Gustafson is an eighth grader at Willis Jr. High. She is a student athlete and strongly dedicated to her academics. She plays saxophone, volleyball, basketball and is also a competitive swimmer. She enjoys chess, art, animals, Pokemon and 80’s music. Kenzie is a member of the STEAM Academy, Art Crew, Fellowship of the Readers and National Junior Honors Society.

Q. How did you become involved in Willis’ STEAM Academy? Can you tell me a bit about being a member?

A. When I moved here from Oklahoma, I went to school at Knox Gifted Academy which is part of the CATS program in Chandler. Knox feeds into the Willis STEAM Academy. The STEAM Academy helps us find creative ways to solve problems and learn our curriculum. The teachers are cool, fun, and dedicated.

Q. I hear you’re a dedicated college basketball fan. What’s your favorite team?

A. U OF A Wildcats! I love going to the University of Arizona basketball games, especially during the PAC-12 tournament. My favorite player, Parker Jackson Cartwright, is the shortest on the team, but he is an amazing point guard.

Q. How long have you played the saxophone? Do you have a favorite piece of music you play?

A. I’ve played the saxophone since 5th grade. My favorite piece of music is “The Tell-Tale Heart” based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.

Q. Can you tell me a bit about the Art Crew?

A. Art Crew is run by Ms. Olivas, our art teacher. Being part of the Art Crew gives us time to catch up on any art work we may have or gives us time to be creative.

Q. What’s your favorite 80’s song? Band?

A. I would have to say that”Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley is my favorite song, but my favorite artist is “Weird Al” Yankovic. My family and I love his music so much, we flew across the country to see him three times in concert, and we even got to meet him.



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