Favorite book and its author: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
After-school activities: Track & field, volleyball, National Honors Society (NHS), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Knowledge Bowl, Rec. Club, Speech & Debate and Mu Alpha Theta
Parents: John and Ayumi Holton
Favorite teacher and why: My favorite teacher would have to be my AP Statistics teacher, Ms. Christianson. Ms. Christianson is a person of great passion for her work; her love for mathematics is very clear to all her students. In addition, she is such an amazing teacher because she takes time from her busy schedule to sit down with students individually to explain something that they may have not completely understood yet. Moreover, as my advisor for a math competition club, Mu Alpha Theta, she had helped me discover my love and passion for math, which I cannot show enough gratitude for.
Personal hero and why: My personal hero would be Carrie Chapman Catt. Through a project in my U.S. history class, I had learned many of the things she was able to achieve for women, such as women's suffrage. In addition, Catt was a person of true ambition, determination and unrelenting spirit. She fought for women rights and equality, never giving up until it was achieved. She fought to obtain great power and overcame every obstacle, never letting anyone or anything stop her. In one of her works, Catt's passion for women's rights is clearly evident but what really fascinated and compelled me was the voice in which she spoke in. She had one of the most confident, fierce and certain voices I have ever come across. I strive to become be a person of such great character and passion.
Preferred college: Johns Hopkins University
Dream job: Surgeon (surgical specialty undecided)
Highlight of your high school experience: The highlight of my high school experience would be all of the fun things I was able to experience with my friends such as the orchestra trip to California, the lock-ins with orchestra, C-Ties, Student Senate and paddle boarding with my best friends.
Q: What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
A: Masonic Female Student of the Year
Q: If you were the principal of your high school for a week, what would you do or change?
A: I would change the overall teaching style to be able to better teach and appeal to more students. Many teachers rely heavily only one type of teaching, visual, verbal, or hands on, but I believe that students would be able to learn more if they have some of each, although not necessarily an equal amount of all. In addition, I believe that to be able to fully understand a topic, it is crucial for students to take notes by hand opposed to typing up notes, or being given a packet of notes already typed. Students are better able to memorize and understand information by writing down notes themselves, and thus I would like to make note taking by hand a requirement.
Q: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
A: I would choose to dine with the sixth-grade version of myself to advise myself of many things such as my weaknesses, strengths, classes, high school and my future. With this advice, I think that I would be able to accomplish even more.
Q: If you could live anywhere or do anything for one year, what would you do and why?
A: I would live in Japan to venture around the whole country, taste the amazing cuisine, and visit family I have there. I was able to experience some it as a child and remember how wonderful Japan was, and so I would like to experience it again with some of my friends.
Q: What advice would you give to yourself as a freshman?
A: Do not procrastinate. Heed to the advice of Benjamin Franklin: "Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."