SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School Essayist Aliya Sarris is passionate about international politics and feels strongly about social issues.
Sarris plans to attend the University of New Hampshire after her graduation. There, she will study political science and international affairs.
“Now, in the 21st Century, it is more important than ever to understand what is going on not just in our own country, but the rest of the world,” she said.
Sarris said that she is “relieved” to be graduating soon.
“I’m excited for things that are coming in the next year,” she said. “I’m looking forward to meeting new people and having new experiences. But I will miss my core friend group.”
Sarris said that one of the things that helped her get through high school was the “incredible support system” that she has. She thanked her teachers, her friends and Salutatorian Mia Langston, whom she said she has been friends with and who has supported her since fourth grade.
Sarris’ advice to other students is to “always pursue what makes you happy.”
“But also be empathetic to others and realize that people you meet might have different goals and aspirations,” she said. “Understanding that is a key part of life.”
Sarris is a school age counselor at Kelley Elementary School and an Italian class teacher at the Southington YMCA.
Sarris is also a Spanish tutor for a second-grader and a Spanish translator at South End Elementary School.
Sarris volunteered at Elim Park Baptist Home and was a member of the Teen Advisory Group at Southington Library during her sophomore year.
Sarris is a member of the Southington High School Marching Band and is the clarinet section leader.
She has served on the National Honor Society’s Intercultural Committee and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is part of the Italian Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She is also the Spanish representative on the World Language Honor Society Council.
Sarris is a member of the Recycling Club and a member of the Gender Equality Club and is the club’s current president.
Sarris is also a member of the Italian Club and the Model UN. She is part of the Spanish Club and was a past vice president and is its current president.
Sarris was a runner up for the Daughters of the American Revolution Award, received the CAPSS Superintendent Award and received the Student of the Year: Pre-Calculus Award in her junior year.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.