Interview with Zoe D’Angelo Nomination & Photography by Ali Johnson Photography Virginia
The Nomination: Olivia is one of my senior models and photography assistants for the Class of 2019. She's involved in the Student Government Association and the Governor's School. Olivia has been swimming and dancing for most of her life. She swims year-round for several swim clubs and dances many different styles, including pointe. She loves animals, photography and painting. One of Olivia's best friends described her as an incredibly unique person with a wonderful sense of humor. I totally agree! I absolutely love working with her, both as a model and a photography assistant!
How did you become interested in swimming and dance? I started swimming when I was 5 years old because my mother believed it was important for us (my siblings and I) to become strong swimmers. I have participated in year-round swimming since I was young, and I love the competitiveness of it. I also love how good it feels when I work hard towards a specific goal and finally achieve it. I have also been taking dance classes since I was 3 years old and I love it. I currently take 5 classes a week, including pointe. Dance and swim have always been a big part of my life.
Tell me about your role in the Student Government Association. I have been heavily involved in SGA both my junior and senior years and I love it. SGA plans events throughout both the school and the community. It's a great environment of students who all have so much school spirit and love being involved in the school as well as our local community.
How do you like being a model? I love working with Ali Johnson, she is such a talented photographer. Every photo shoot with her is so fun and full of laughter. Not only do I model for her, I also work for her as a photography assistant. Working with Ali is always so much fun, and she is always open to new ideas even if they are a little crazy. Working with and modelling for Ali has been a very fun experience and I'm excited for future photo shoots.
What are your favorite types of animals and why? I can't choose between cats and dogs; my family has had both since I was very young, and I love them all. Currently, we have 5 cats, 4 dogs, 2 turkeys, and a chicken. I've always bonded with our cats and dogs and I love their company.
With all your interests, have you decided on what you’ll be doing after high school? Currently, I am undecided on where I want to go to college. I have applied to UVA, Virginia Tech, and University of Richmond and I plan to apply to more colleges. I want to study some type of science, maybe biology or environmental sciences and I will hopefully go to veterinary school.
Poem, Article by Ava Soloff, Image by Danielle Soloff
I am a swimmer, one with the water. I wonder if I will journey to the Olympics I hear the sound of my hands and feet crashing against the water I see the other swimmers start to trail behind me I yearn to make it to the finals I am a swimmer, one with the water I imagine the announcer claiming me as first place I feel confident that I will speed ahead I touch the scaly wall I worry I didn’t make it I cry tears of joy when I win I am a swimmer, one with the water I understand I must be a good sport I congratulate the girls next to me I try to get past the clusters of people cheering on the swimmers in the transparent water I dream I will win my next race I hope someday I make my mark
Why Swimming is Great for Your Mind and Body
Many people say that swimming is a very physical sport. While it is, there is another aspect which is mental. The physical part comes in during countless hours of drylands, practice, and meets. You work your hardest to get through tough sets and events. That really comes in handy in my everyday life because it helps me with other sports and it is great for your health. The mental part comes in when you get tired and you need to learn to push yourself or when you have to overcome nerves before races. Swimming also helps me prioritize my weekly schedule because it is a sport that requires daily commitment. Not only that, but it teaches you self-discipline. For example, meets are pretty much always early in the morning so I know the night before to go to bed early, eat a healthy dinner and breakfast, to drink lots of water, and to relax. Another great thing about swimming is that when I'm stressed, it really helps me to calm down.