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20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Andrew Tran graduates as a valedictorian and reminisces about the summer days spent with friends

Senior Andrew Tran poses for his senior portrait in early August 2019. Reprinted with permission from Andrew Tran.

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting.

Question #1: What are your plans after high school?

Answer: UCLA as a human physiology major. 

Question #2: Which extracurriculars and clubs have you been a part of? 

A: I’m an eagle scout, and I am also a part of Science Olympiad. 

Question #3: How do you feel as one of the 12 valedictorians?

A: I’m pretty happy, and it was cool to see the other people I know who are also valedictorians.

Question #4: How do you feel about the second semester of our senior year and graduation being canceled?

A: It sucks, but it is what it is I guess. And I bet we are still going to celebrate either way– just later.

Question #5: What or who motivated you the most during high school and why?

A: I’m not sure to be honest; all I can say is that meditation is overpowered.

Question #6: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Honestly not sure.

Question #7: What was the most challenging in the four years of high school?

A: Staying up late and those days with little sleep.

Question #8: Which class was the most threatening to your valedictorian status?

A: Calc BC for sure— that class was tough for me

Question #9: What has been the highlight of high school?

A: Those last few days before summer break when everyone’s excited and going out with friends are the most fun.

Question #10:  Describe your high school experience in three words

A: A bruh moment.

Question #11: Complete the sentence: “I will always remember…”

A: I will always remember literally not being able to find Mr. Peoples’ class.

Question #12:  What was your favorite class?

A: Physics

Question #13:  What will you miss most after you graduate?

A: My friends

Question #14:  Did you have senioritis?

A: Yes, 100%.

Question #15:  What is your greatest achievement during high school?

A: To be honest I can’t really think of anything.

Question #16: How have you changed since freshman year?

A: I’m more efficient.

Question #17:  Out of all your years in high school, which one was your favorite and why?

A: Surprisingly, junior year. Even though it was hard, I met one of my good friends then, and also some of my close friends hadn’t graduated yet.

Question #18:  A senior quote 

A: “Be kind, for everyone you meet may be fighting a harder battle”

Question #19:  A word of advice for underclassmen

A: Word of advice: don’t be too hard on yourself when you fail, and it’s ok to celebrate when you succeed.

Question #20:  Would you like to thank anyone? Final words?

A: I’d like to thank my parents, teachers, counselor and friends for all their help and supportiveness. Thanks to you guys, high school has been a blast. Really, thank you!

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Aaliyah Magana, News Editor
Senior news editor Aaliyah Magaña has been a dedicated staff reporter on The Accolade staff since 2018. Last summer, Magaña graduated from the 2019 California Scholastic Press Association summer workshop in hopes of strengthening her reporting and writing. Magaña has been volunteering in Eastside Christian Church’s daycare centers for almost two years. After graduating from Sunny Hills High School, she plans to pursue a career in journalism and hopefully work for a local newspaper.
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