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Inspire to Admire
by: Reylena Tsosie 21'
My column is called, “Inspire to admire” I chose this column so I can inspire readers to excel in school. This week’s Inspire To Admire is Jocelyn Sung. She was a student at Gallup high school. She was part of the Ambush staff and class of 2018. Jocelyn is a sixteen year old female. She moved to Gallup during the second quarter. Jocelyn changed many lives by describing giving up; she wrote “Gravity” for the Literature and Art magazine. I decided to interview her on how she graduated at the age of sixteen.
The first question I asked was for her to describe herself. She answered by saying she was very quiet, but once she gets comfortable she can get very chatty. She described this year as a “unique ride.” She lived in California her entire life until she moved twice in the span of five months.
Due to her graduation, I asked what her G.P.A was and if she was valedictorian. She began explaining that her G.P.A is a 4.1 and she wasn’t going to be nominated valedictorian. The reason why is because she wasn’t enrolled at Gallup High in August. I asked if this bothered her? Jocelyn said, “ I was disappointed at first. Then I started thinking about it, and the policy made sense. Without it, someone from another school that offers more AP classes could just slide in at the last month and take valedictorian or salutatorian from someone who didn't have the same opportunities. Anyway, the other two who are receiving recognition deserve it, and their parents are most likely really proud of them.”
In the Art and Literature magazine, she wrote “Gravity.” I asked what inspired her to write this and she gladly answered. “ It's funny, because I didn't start out with anything particular in mind. I was waiting in the counseling office when I started randomly thinking about how gravity works and how it affects us on a daily basis. After the first few stanzas, it became apparent that it was both a reminder for myself and others that we shouldn't avoid pain because it's what help shapes us to be who we are.”
Jocelyn also had advice to give to you, readers, “ I would say they should keep themselves open to new possibilities, experiences, and opinions. It's difficult to learn if you're resistant to change.”
I would like to thank Jocelyn Sung for this interview and Congrats!