By Dyanna Garcia
The accomplishments, events, and realizations I experienced has molded me into the person I am. My first time being recognized for my intelligence was in 7th grade, my first year attending Henry Hudson (#28). I was told by my math teachers that they recorded my test scores and by the next year I will be moved to Advanced and Regents classes. I was so excited to come home and share the news with my family and they were even more excited for me. When the new school year came around and it was the start of 8th grade I received my schedule. Sure enough, I was taking classes such as Algebra 1 and Living Environment Regents. Even though they were tough to learn and understand I put in the hard work and dedication to make it to the end of the year with an overall 4.0 GPA, all Regents exams passed, and received a “student of the year” award from my history teacher. These accomplishments at a young age made me want to strive for even more without even being asked. I knew I wanted to be successful and that I had to be prepared for the hard work to come.
After graduating from middle school, I attended Northeast High school for my 9th and 10th grade years. In these years, I maintained an overall 4.0 GPA, I received high honor roll every marking period, did volunteer services for the homeless, passed all my Regents exams, and joined the school's Math League. I then transferred to East High school for my 11th and 12th grade years because I found an interest in and passion for the medical field. East High School offered many programs and opportunities in which I wanted to participate. I kept up my good grades and test scores along with joining the varsity softball team, attending Math League. I also received two recognition awards from Ibero, for Excellence in Academics in both 11th and 12th grade. When COVID-19 happened three quarters into 2020, we were all sent home. Even though I wasn’t able to focus as well, communicate as easily, or be as motivated as I was, I still passed my junior year with high honor roll.
Now that my senior year is here and we are still virtual I’m proud to say that my accomplishments and hard work have begun to pay off. I am on a great path and I’ve found happiness inside myself for what I have achieved. I’ve found motivation, belief, and hope within myself. This has taught me that I can be whoever I want to be with hard work and determination.