Message to graduates: For my valedictorian graduation speech, I plan on recapping the last four years and speak about grade-wide experiences from the past years together. I plan to express how we all overcame corona together as a grade and surpass uncertainties to get where we are today. Any other year it is hard enough as a senior with tedious workloads, college applications and standardized tests, but all the more so this year because of COVID. Throughout the year there has been so much unpredictability, and we didn’t even know if we were going to see each other in person together as a grade. At the end of my speech, I hope to send off the Weber Class of 2021 with inspirational and motivational words. I will wish them all the best and reinforce that our success in high school is not determined by a grade or a test score, but by the experiences we had and the relationships we formed with one another as the class of 2021.
Highest achievements: Outside of school I was able to maintain a successful gymnastics career. I practiced for 20 hours a week, each day after school, and competed on weekends in various competitions around the country. I qualified for the highest eligible competition each year that I competed throughout high school: regionals seven times and nationals three times (of course I could not qualify junior year because of COVID). I placed 32nd in the U.S. at nationals in Reno, Nevada, in 2019, my sophomore year. Within The Weber School, I was a part of many clubs, programs and organizations. I was a part of the Student Ambassador program, and the Peer Leader program. I also was a board member of the National Honors Society, and a member of the Spanish National Honors Society. I was on the advisory council for the Peace by Piece program, and I was a vice president of the Rams for Israel advocacy club.
Future plans: Next year, I will be attending Duke University in North Carolina. I will attend the Pratt School of Engineering. In terms of major, I am currently undecided about the specific engineering major I wish to pursue, but I probably want to pursue either mechanical, biomedical, or civil engineering with potential minors in psychology and/or Spanish. Unfortunately, Duke University does not have a men’s gymnastics team, so I am most likely not able to continue my gymnastics career in college.