High School
GPA: 4.08

Favorite book and its author:
“City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare

Favorite TV show:
“Criminal Minds”

Favorite band or musician:
Panic! at the Disco

After-school activities:
My Alpha Theta

Emmanuel Rosado Nieves and Marilyn Marte Manzano

Favorite teacher and why:
Mark Kessler, my German language teacher, because he’s pretty friendly, funny and approachable. Also, I’ve been his student for four  years so I feel comfortable enough with him that I can joke around with him.

Personal hero and why:
There are two, my mom and my dad. They are my heroes because they’ve taught me how working hard can take you far in life, and how the hard work and effort put into doing something can make the end result all the more rewarding. They’ve taught me that I can’t  give up just because something seems hard and prove that anything can be done with hard work and a positive attitude. Also, besides  that they have always supported and helped me whenever, which gives me the courage to keep moving forward toward the future.

Preferred college:
University of Northern Colorado

Dream job:
Speech-language pathologist

Highlight of your high school experience:
I would have to say when I was part of the school play, “Almost Maine” my sophomore year. It was an amazing experience to be able  to participate in something that was so new to me and also being able to meet new people.

What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
I would say being nominated for Student of the Week is probably the one I am most proud of.

If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
I would make it so that the students could have more in-depth meetings about scholarships, the college application process and  financial aid/FAFSA.

If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
I think Maya Angelou because she was such a strong and inspirational person even after having gone through so much as she grew  up. I just find it so inspiring how she was able to find the strength in herself to keep moving forward when many others would’ve given  up.

If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
I think I would live in Greece with my family for a year because Greece is such a beautiful place filled with interesting and intriguing  history and myths. Also, it would be pretty cool to be able to hear and maybe learn the language firsthand. Also, learning about their  culture and even experiencing it myself with those close to me would be pretty amazing.

What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
Take life one day at a time, and don’t focus solely on the future because you’ll miss the spontaneous and bright moments in the present that are worth remembering.

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