Lizzie Tart
Lizzie Tart
The Spring Valley Kiwanis Club honored Lizzie Tart, daughter of Ralph and Julie Tart, as one of its May Kiwanis Academic Students of the Month.

The Kingsland senior is active in choir, Student Council, Key Club, Spirit Committee, basketball, volleyball, Knowledge Bowl and National Honor Society, and has been a member of the band and also the golf team. "My favorite is either basketball or volleyball because I love all the girls I play with," she stated, adding that her favorite subject is political science and her least favorite is trigonometry.

Outside of school, she spends her time in Girl Scouts, assisting with teaching Sunday school and hanging out with her friends and family. She also likes to watch movies and read books, citing "Mean Girls" as the movie she watches over and over again because "it's hilarious and I know every line to it." She's re-read "The Selection" series by Kiera Cass because "it's like 'The Bachelor, and I love 'The Bachelor.'"

She's currently a big fan of Mumford and Sons, though her tastes in music have veered off toward other genres, as she generally listens to country. Hamburger Helper is definitely not on her radar, though she admits that "I could live on mac and cheese with bacon forever." She's turned off by people who eat with their mouths open, hates looking at feet and loves the pop artist Adele "as long as other people don't sing her songs."

If she could travel to any country in the world for free, she'd choose Fiji. "I would go to Fiji because I have always wanted to go there. I'd go to Hawaii if I could go to any state for free because I could lay on the beach all day long."

The 17-year-old most admires her mother, grandmothers and teacher Karen Cleveland. "My mother puts up with me and still loves me, and my grandmas have taught me so much. Mrs. Cleveland works so hard and is a sweetheart." Lizzie would end world hunger if she could do one thing to change the world. "No one should have to live hungry," she said.

After she graduates from high school, she's got plans to pursue a career to answer the question "why? I'm debating between a sociologist and a psychologist because I've always wondered why people do the things they do. When I was little, I wanted to be a princess or a photographer that could travel the world."

The Kiwanis honored Lizzie and her parents during the club's April 24 meeting.