Photography by Yuvie Styles.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in? 

Honor Council, Ambassadors (Serve as Co-Special Events Coordinator)

Community Service Council, Ronald McDonald House Teen Team (Trains Chairperson), National Honor Society, Foster Elementary Conversation Club, Varsity Basketball, Cross Country

What was your favorite class? 

AP Physics I and II have been my favorite classes. 

Where would you go to grab an after-school snack? 

Starbucks

What was one challenge you faced at school this year, and how did you deal with it? 

One challenge I faced this year was going through the college application process. It was a very long and tedious process. However, I got through it with the encouragement of my family and friends and everything ended exactly the way it was supposed to end. I am very excited about where I am headed next year, the University of Notre Dame.

Tell us about something you did this year that you’re proud of.

This year, I was able to collect over 100 uniform shirts for a local elementary school. I worked with the school as part of my Spanish class and realized that not all of the students were wearing the uniform shirt. I organized a drive in my neighborhood, and in my second year of doing it surpassed 100 shirts.

Which teacher, staff member or coach impacted you the most this year, and how?  

Mr. Varvir (my Physics II teacher) has impacted me the most this year. Every day I realize the amount of care and dedication he puts into each of his lessons in order to make them engaging. His dedication makes me want to work harder.  

What are your plans for this summer? 

I am hopefully going to travel, spend lots of time with my friends and family before college, and get a job.

What’s your dream job?

I would like to be a neurosurgeon.

What are you most excited about for next year?

Getting the chance to live on my own for the first time.

What’s a goal you have? How do you plan on achieving it?

A goal that I had throughout high school was to always do my best with any endeavor. I did this through hard work and perseverance, and, looking back on all of my accomplishments, I have no regrets.

What’s something you wish we asked you about?

How would you describe your time at ESD?

My time at ESD has been amazing. I have had outstanding teachers and have made friendships that will last a lifetime. There is nowhere else I would have wanted to spend the last 13 years of my life.

Advice to younger students:

It is important to work hard and try your best at whatever endeavors you are pursuing. Hard work usually leads to an outcome that you can be proud of in the end. However, sometimes the outcome is not favorable. Although the outcome may not always be favorable, if you know you did all you could to succeed, you will have no regrets in the future.

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