Student of the Week, May 19, 2014

Rayleigh Shea Norton, senior at Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program


Rayleigh Shea Norton, senior at Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program

GPA: 3.85

After-school activities: Playing volleyball and coaching volleyball, track and gymnastics.

Favorite book: “Out of the Silent Planet” by C.S. Lewis.

Favorite TV show: “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross.

Favorite band or musician: Kip Moore.

Parents: Scott and Dielle Norton.

Personal hero and why: My personal hero is my coach, Beth Nelson, because she pushes me to be a better person and always believes in me more than I even believe in myself.

Preferred college: Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Preferred career: Emergency Medicine or Criminal Justice.

Greatest achievement so far: Signing to play college volleyball.

What you’d like to be your next greatest achievement: To travel the world.


Q: What was the most memorable lesson you ever learned in a class?

A: An important lesson I have learned has not come from one specific class but my overall educational experience. Academics did not come easy for me early on, but through perseverance and determination I have overcome numerous obstacles and have learned that you can do anything you set your mind to.


Q: What subject or extracurricular activity are you most passionate about and why?

A: I enjoy almost anything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. I have grown up doing both with my dad and grandpa, which are great ways of spending quality time with two important men in my life.


Q: Describe a time when you knew you made a difference in the community or in someone else’s life.

A: I have been coaching for the Lady Knights Volleyball Club (the club I played for when I was in middle school) for the past four years. The girls are young and impressionable, and I am able to have an impact on their lives by passing on my love for the sport and challenging them to make good choices in life.


Q: What are your goals for after high school?

A: To attend CNCC and play two years of volleyball and then transfer to a four-year university and possibly play two more years of ball or finish my degree by traveling abroad through an international exchange program.


Q: What is your dream job?

A: To join the film industry and be a movie editor.

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