Jessica Ritz - Student Spotlight 2014
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Jessica Ritz - Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group
El Dorado High School
Tell us about yourself.I’m a 17-year-old senior who was blessed to be elected Associated Student Body president last year, so I spend a lot of my time fulfilling my presidential duties. Outside of school, I like to think of myself as a loving friend, daughter, sister and aunt.
What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?Running a marathon is by far my largest personal accomplishment. To a lot of people, running 26.2 miles sounds like an outrageous physical challenge, but to me it was so much more. Starting and finishing a marathon taught me that no matter the circumstances, as in life, you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. In a sense, it was a metaphorical life lesson.
What are your school interests, involvements and hobbies? As a senior, I would say that my first interest right now is graduating high school. There are too many wonderful things on this campus for me to have done them all, but I have had the privilege to be on the cross-country team, participate in Faith Out Loud (a local club on campus) and most significantly, be a member of Associated Student Body.
What are your plans after graduation?I will proudly attend California State University, Monterey Bay, this fall, and major in liberal studies with an emphasis in elementary education. I plan to stay at Cal State Monterey Bay for a fifth year to attain my multi-subject teaching credential.
Who is your role model? Choosing just one person is so difficult because I have been blessed with a huge number of phenomenal mentors throughout my life. Jamie (Mrs.) Trykar has had the most profound impact on my life in high school. She is such a light in what can sometimes be such a dark world. In several situations, she has reached out a hand and shown such an immense amount of grace. She is such a blessing.
Describe your career aspirations.After attaining my teaching credential, my goal is to teach younger grades, preferably kindergarten.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?Sitting on a warm beach in Hawaii sounds so wonderful—a place to rest, gather my thoughts and enjoy this world that God has given us.
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