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20 Questions with Vanessa Myhaver, Scholarship Winner

on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 21:03



Vanessa Myhaver, a recent graduate of Central High School in Manchester, is the first winner of the NHWP's Charley Allen Faulk Memorial Scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, Vanessa had to write an essay about a book that changed her life. She chose "The Little Engine That Could." This interview was conducted by NHWP board member Stephanie Davidson, daughter of Charley Faulk and founder of the scholarship.


What was your favorite class in high school?

AP Physics.


What was your favorite memory from high school?

Visiting the observatory, which is off-limits to students, with the philosophy society.


Name the teacher who influenced you the most and explain why.

Mr. Patten, who was inspirational and talked about life.  He got it.


Where are you going to college?

The University of Vermont.


What do you want to study?  

Philosophy and Physics.


If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?



Name your dream job.

Working for NASA.


What’s your favorite book of all time?  

The Little Engine That Could.


Name a book that you started, but couldn’t finish.

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.


Who is your favorite fictional character?

Harry Potter.


If you could have dinner with three authors, living or dead, who would you invite?

Aldous Huxley, Hannah Morin (a friend who is an author), and F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Where is the place that you feel happiest?

My family’s “camp” at a lake.


Who influenced you the most in making you the person you are today?

My mom and dad.  And my teachers Mr. Cataldo and Mr. Patten.  


If you could take an all-expenses paid trip anywhere, where would you go?

Hawaii, London, Scotland, and Ireland.


What’s your favorite childhood memory?

Tubing with my cousins at the lake house, with my uncle driving the boat.


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?

That I could spell, and that I was better at writing.


Which living person do you most admire?

My physics teacher Mr. Patten


Which talent would you most like to have?



What quality do you most value in your friends?

The way they think about the world.  And they’re down to earth and real.  


What is your motto?

If you want something, don’t stop.  Keep trying.  Don’t give up.