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Ava Swartz: Singing The Final Note

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“Stay true to yourself. High School is a time of discovery, don’t let others define you. Remember true confidence starts with self-love.”

Miss Ava Swartz is set to graduate this spring. Known for her kind spirit and love of literature, Ava has mixed feelings of graduating. “While I am definitely ready to leave high school, I will miss my friends and community.”

As president of the drama club, a participant in art club, an actress in musical theatre, and an official Tri-M member, Ava has many roles within the school. Loving the fine arts, she has portrayed many characters on stage such as Flotsam the eel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” Tarzan’s Human Mother in Disney’s “Tarzan,” The Baker’s Wife from “Into The Woods,” and Queen Iduna from Disney’s “Frozen.” “I love to do theatre because it gives me a chance to express myself and demonstrate my talents towards the community. We not only provide entertainment but an opportunity for members of the community to not focus on these stressful times.” During moments of freedom, Ava likes to participate in artistic objectives such as drawing and attending Young Life.

Planning a bright future, Ava was accepted into Marshall earlier this year. With ambitions of becoming a speech-language pathologist, Ava wishes to help her community by empowering others with words. “My grandmother was a speech pathologist. I had always wanted to be in the field of education, but I did not necessarily want to become a teacher. When hearing about my grandmother’s career I discovered that speech pathology involved teaching communication.” In addition to majoring in communication disorders, Ava hopes to minor in the theatrical arts.

Thankful for the many staff members who have touched her life, Ava wishes to extend a special gratitude towards Mrs. Pamela Shrader. “Mrs. Shrader has always been there to help me. If I ever needed to ask a question or just needed someone to talk to Mrs. Shrader served as a beacon of light. She has pushed me into becoming my best self.”

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Landon Skeens
Landon Skeens, Editor-Chief
A current junior at Woodrow Wilson High School, Landon Skeens serves as Editor of the Eagle Dispatch. Throughout his time at the school, he has enjoyed many extracurriculars: drama club, theatre, newspaper, band, and chorus. However, the arts have always remained a constant in his life. During moments of freedom, Landon can be found reading psychological thrillers or classic works of literature. If you ever need to find him, don't worry just look for an iced coffee-filled Stanley. "Writing is tremendously important to me. It is not only an expression of myself but a physical manifestation of years of work, slowly improving my craft. The written has much power, influencing the reader’s perspective of topics.”
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