Student of the Week: Noemi Viera, Central High School senior
After-school activities: Future Business Leaders of America, speech and debate, theater.
Favorite book: Paulo Coelho’s “Veronica Decides to Die.” Quite inspiring despite the title.
Favorite TV show: “Friends.”
Favorite band or musician: Hillsong.
Parents: Melba and Felix Manzanares.
Personal hero and why: My mom. She’s been through so much and has made tough decisions constantly in order to get to where her family would have what it needed to progress with its own goals and dreams.
Preferred college: Yale University or Johnson & Wales. It’s a tie.
Preferred career: International business.
Greatest achievement so far: Expanding myself in school while learning to grow up.
What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: Get to the place where I’m able to start my life with someone.
Q: What has been your favorite high school class so far and why?
A: Any English class I took (Honors 9, 10, Advanced Placement Language, and Advanced Placement Literature), because my teachers have been great with guiding me in how to think about my own life and the world around me along with the input of my classmates.
Q: What do you do for fun when you’re not in class?
A: Write and play music on my acoustic guitar.
Q: What’s the best advice a teacher, coach or parent ever gave you?
A: “Have a little faith. Push yourself to be your best, and don’t ever give up” is a collection of advice my Honors Composition 10 teacher, Pamela Gubkin, has given me throughout the years.
Q: What will you miss about your school after graduation?
A: My supportive teachers and administrators.
Q: What would you like to do after college?
A: Work for an organization that can help impact people’s standard of living in different countries.
Q: If you could spend next summer anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Because I achingly miss my family and culture, I’d go to Honduras.