Rodney James Ates, 12, lives in Harker Heights and attends Union Grove Middle School in Harker Heights.
Tell me about your family.
I have two wonderful, supportive parents named Roger Ates and Anita Armstrong. I have a blended family of six siblings: Morgan (19), Nia (13), Kamryn (12), Sophia (12), Donovan (12) and Angel (7).
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Fort Hood. My parents are from Colorado and Illinois.
What brought you to the area?
Both of my parents were in the Army and got stationed here at Fort Hood.
What grade are you in?
I am in the sixth grade.
What kind of grades do you make in school?
I currently maintain a 2.7 G.P.A.
What school activities are you a part of?
I play in the band.
What community work do you do?
I help with serving meals with the ministry “Helping Homeless In Killeen.”
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is “IT.”
What is your favorite television show?
My favorite television show is “Amazing World of Gumball.”
What are your hobbies?
I play the trombone, football, basketball, I collect Hot Wheels cars, video games and drawing action characters.
What church do you attend?
I currently attend Anointed Christian Church located in Killeen.
What is your favorite place to shop at in Harker Heights?
Five-n-Below is my favorite place to shop in Harker Heights.
What do you think that Harker Heights is missing?
A “Sky Zone,” which is a trampoline park.
What is your favorite place to go in Harker Heights?
My favorite place to go to in Harker Heights is the Harker Heights movie theater.
Is there anything that you dislike about Harker Heights?
I like everything about Harker Heights.
What are your future goals?
My future goals are to play in the NFL, and to attend The University of Alabama.
What was the last book you read?
The last book that I read was, “Among The Hidden” by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
What awards or achievements have you received or accomplished?
A football award “Most Improved Player” —Spartans (Juniors) last year, and I was awarded a medal for reciting the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream Speech at the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s’ Drum Major for Justice Oratorical Contest at Texas A&M’s Killeen campus on Jan. 13, 2017.