Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, OR
Ever since I was a kid, I was into designing things; be it structures from legos, designing the layout of a house or finishing that painting I started a few days ago and never got around to completing. Art is the basis to my life, it's what keeps me going. My fascination with art can be reflected through the many different medias that I have experimented with (graphite pencil, watercolors, acrylic, charcoal and pastel) and the numerous styles that I have tried out (expressionism, pointillism, impressionism, and comic booking)
While others express themselves through their writing or their academics, I express myself through my paintings and portraits.
I've always been intrigued to learn more. At a young age, I discovered I wanted to become an Architect so I started reading up on it, I would take graph paper and sketch the floor plans to homes that I imagined myself building in the future.
Once I got older though, I learned what it really takes to become an Architect. I discovered how much physics and math went into the design of each structure around me. Since then, I've been taking as many classes in high school to enrich myself. So far I've taken courses in physics, drafting/parametric design(all of which are college credit classes) and numerous math courses (two of which I get college credit for). I've also kept my grades up with a 3.87 on a 4.0 scale and am ranked 5 out of my class.
You'll find that not a lot of people have perfect lives. Since before I can remember, my mom was moving my siblings and I around from place to place. In 6th grade she met Steve. The next three years of my life were very rocky, I was living in a place where I was constantly told that I was worthless, that I'd never make anything out of myself. Not only was there continuous verbal abuse, but Steve was also a heavy alcoholic. My mom put all her money into Steve and his antics. Freshman year I decided I couldn't put up with it anymore and I moved in with my aunt. I overcame one of the biggest obstacles in my life by choosing to no longer live with my mom. If I still lived with Steve, I honestly don't think I'd be so determined to be successful.