Student of the Week, May 19, 2014

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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