Favorite book and its author: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
After-school activities: Knowledge Bowl, robotics, speech and debate, Rec Club
Parents: Rodrigo Acevedo and Elvira Matias
Favorite teacher and why: Julie Christianson — I’ve had a class with Ms. Christianson every year since my freshman year and she has always supported me and pushed me to work harder.
Personal hero and why: My personal hero is my sister. She is the one that showed me success was possible.
Preferred college: Georgia Institute of Technology
Dream job: Computer programmer
Highlight of your high school experience: I have fallen in love with speech and debate, so of course the highlight of my high school experience was during the national qualifiers tournament. The tournament lasted so long that the next day I lost my voice. It was also the last tournament that I was able to debate alongside my partner before he graduated.
Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: I received the Colorado School of Mines Medal of Achievement in Math and Science.
Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: I would do my best to bring back the booster club. Clubs (especially smaller ones) are in desperate need of funding and I believe that after-school activities are vital in high school.
Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: Neil Degrasse Tyson. I’ve always been interested in space and how the universe around us works. It would be amazing to learn more.
Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
A: If I could do anything for one year I would become a park ranger. I love simple living and the beauty of nature and I would love to have time to admire it. It is always nice to just lay back and enjoy the world around you.
Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
A: Don’t be scared and have more confidence in yourself. If you are given an opportunity, take it. Don’t doubt your abilities.