Rose Hammock is a natural leader.
The sway of the 16-year-old junior at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa comes in the form of a slew of unabashed questions for teachers and speakers.
And it shows in how Hammock is often seen sitting with the most timid students<NO1> at the school<NO>, teacher Brian Farrell said.
"She has guts," said Farrell, who led Hammock in a<NO1>n AVID<NO> college prep program last year. "Her curiosity is conspicuous."
Hammock is an honor roll student and member of the schools Link Crew in charge of mentorship of new students.
<NO1>She loves literature and creative writing.
<NO>Hammock said she wasn't always interested in school.
She found her footing in 2008 when she began dancing with a group at Sonoma County Indian Health.
Hammock is <NO1><NO>Pomo with great grandparents belonging to both the <NO1><NO>Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians in Lake County and the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Covelo, with which she is a member.<NO1><NO> Her father is Pomo and her mother is of Nicaraguan and Mexican descent.
During a dance, "I get really calm and I don't stress," Hammock said.