Reba Watson does what it takes in Hobson

By: 
Christina Clinton
News-Argus Staff

Poised in classic black and white lines, Reba Watson smiles for her freshman photo.

Photo courtesy of Reba Watson

 

 

 

With Hobson School in session, freshman Reba Watson found her scholastic groove, unless that groove involves shapes and the properties of space. Geometry, Reba discovered, is her mathematical bane, and thus, something to strive for.

“My goal is to pass geometry this year,” said the high school student. “The other classes aren’t as challenging for me [in comparison].”

Perhaps geometry would be more compatible for Reba if she took the course in either Spain or India. Both Spain and India are two countries the 15-year-old would love to visit, especially as a foreign exchange student.

“I want to go to either Spain or India,” Reba said. “I want to go to a country where I don’t speak the language and I don’t know much about them. I do read a little Spanish, so that would be fun,” she added, “but India... The culture there is absolutely fascinating. It’s deep into tradition, and with many different cultures within the country; so many people, it fascinates me. Hindi is the language I’d have to learn.”

As far as travel within the U.S., Reba said, “I’m going to have to go with the cliché one and say Hawaii because I’ve always wanted to go. I really want to go visit Pearl Harbor and the volcanoes.”

Considering Reba lives in Hobson, Montana, far from the warmth of Hawaii’s volcanoes, what does provide warmth to the teen during the holiday season is Thanksgiving.

“I like Thanksgiving,” she said, after considering the various holidays celebrated through fall and winter. “You don’t have to do a lot for Thanksgiving. It’s a traditional holiday, and come on, food,” she added with a laugh. “It’s good.”

Reba’s family does break with a part of American tradition during Thanksgiving.

“We don’t watch football,” Reba admitted. “We usually play card games.”

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and New Year right around the corner, the stand-out experience of 2017 happened for Reba much earlier in the year.

“I went to Washington, D.C. on a trip to go to the inauguration,” Reba said. “That was amazing. I like to travel. Just getting to see some of the monuments, and the area I’d only heard about was really cool.”

Given the opportunity, Reba would love to return.

“I’d like to go and spend some more time in the Smithsonian museum,” she said. “I didn’t get to spend enough time there; it’d be cool to do so.”

The inauguration involved a lot of public speaking. Reba has her own message to share with the public at large.

“I would do something about severe allergy awareness,” said the young adult. “More on food allergies, what people don’t understand about being severely allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, or milk. I have an allergy to peanuts,” Reba added. “And the EpiPen – it’s expensive – you have to have it. You can’t not have it.”

When it comes to food allergy awareness, Reba said she’d like to encourage a middle-ground level of thought.

“There’s people who don’t take it seriously enough,” she said, “and there’s people who are super freaked-out about it. [Food allergy reactions] are easier to avoid than you think, but you need to realize, you open a jar of peanut butter; I’m going to break out and all sorts of stuff is going to happen.”

When it comes to drama, Reba prefers her drama to come out of a television set than a Skippy jar. “The character, Temperance Brennan (the character Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan is a forensic anthropologist) on the ‘Bones’ TV show,” the teen said, “my friends always tell me I remind them of her, so I watched it and she does a lot of the things I do,” she laughed.

For drama’s counterpart, music, Reba listens to a lot of it.

“I listen to so much that it’s hard to pick,” she said. “If we’re going the [personal] theme song route, I really like ‘Monsters’ by Ruelle. If we’re going by artist, probably Imagine Dragons. My favorite Imagine Dragons song is probably, ‘Whatever It Takes’.”

With winter fast approaching, music keeps Reba’s feet moving, especially when she runs cross-country in the fall.

“Cross-country starts in August,” she said, “when it’s hot. I prefer to run in the cold.”

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