Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination and Photography by Maliyah Katrice Photography Other images by Townly Thomas and Kenna Mae Horton Texas
The Nomination: Tabor Christianelli is valedictorian of her class. She is in the 8th grade and participates in every sport there is in junior high. She also does U.I.L. and participates in Student Council. She is inspirational, because she inspires young girls all over to always give there all and be the best they can be.
What is U.I.L.? And what activities do participate in? The University Interscholastic League is an organization that provides academically based contests amongst students. This year, I competed in Editorial and Ready Writing, Oral Reading, Number Sense, and Math. I also compete in TMSCA (Texas Math and Science Coaches Association), and it is like UIL. The past two years I have a qualified for state in San Antonio and competed in both calculator and math! I have earned the title of Calculator State Champion both years.
What is your position in student council and what do you like about it? This year I was elected Student Council President. It is an honor to represent a group that is not only dedicated to making our school a better place, but they make each moment spent together amusing!
My favorite part of Student Council is the fact that it enables me to help the less fortunate of our community. This school year we have held a penny drive, a sock drive for “Socktober”, and a canned food drive. The turnouts were certainly substantial, and I am so fortunate to attend a school that is eager to donate such large contributions without asking for anything in return!
Is it difficult to manage your grades with all your sports? Indeed, it is, especially in the fall. Since numerous events take place in the fall including band, cheer, cross country, and volleyball occasionally I would be missing my afternoon classes 3 to 4 times a week to leave early to participate. I’m grateful to have sensational teachers that would never fail to catch me up on any missed work before school or during breakfast! I have classmates that were willing to take notes for me, as well as my parents who would quiz me countless nights over study material. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t have wanted things any different. The experiences I have made through sports will last a lifetime.
Which sport are you most interested in and do you plan on continuing in high school? Each sport provides me with tremendous amounts of fun and learning opportunities, so it is difficult to say. However, recently I have discovered a passion I possess. Long distance running is one of my favorite things to do. I look forward to seeing what my future in cross country and track holds. I am also hoping to run a marathon later in life!
It has always been a dream of mine to play sports in high school. Mainly because the competition gets tougher, and as M. Cobanli truthfully stated, “Competitors push you to achieve more.” It will be incredibly exhilarating to get a chance to advance to regionals and even state!
Are there any other activities you participate in? I also sew, cook, and show animals in the stock show through 4-h. I enjoy attending youth and strengthen my relationship with Christ!