Courtesy of Gabriela Engholm ‘23

This year’s May Senior of the Month is Gabriela Engholm ‘23.

Gabriella Engholm

Gabriella Engholm ‘23 has been recognized as the May Rotary Senior of the Month. As a well-rounded student, Engholm engages in the school community through several activities.
During her time at EHS, Engholm demonstrated leadership skills through her position as section leader and student treasurer of the EHS choir program, president of the National English Honor Society, and the vice president of the Latin Honor Society. In addition, she is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a competitor in the Battle of the Books for all four years, and a player on the girls volleyball team since her freshman year. While Gabriella indulges in various extracurricular endeavors, she affirms that a hectic schedule helps her with time management.
“Completing school work is on a tighter schedule when I have other activities going on, so it has never been a huge problem for me to balance everything. The biggest problem I’ve had throughout high school is saying ‘no’ to extra commitments so that I get to see my family for more than just dinner!” Engholm said.
Engholm grew up to become a versatile student since her goals during her freshman year were to adapt to the EHS community, excel academically, find new interests, and make new friends. Although her goals stayed the same, she decided to prioritize spending time with “those good friends.” Engholm’s involvement in choir helped her establish closer bonds with her classmates and build stronger friendships.
Furthermore, Engholm acknowledges that her most memorable moment at EHS occurred during her senior year. Earlier in the year, Dr. Gene Nasser, one of the AP World History teachers, conducted mock trials in his class so his students receive a better understanding of the Mongols. Engholm played the role of a defense attorney against Genghis Khan and won her case, which she finds memorable. As a result, she thanks Nasser for the memories and experience she gained during her senior year. While her senior year was valuable, Engholm credits her junior year for the opportunity to explore her identity.
“I really enjoyed junior year, because I started discovering my passions and truly enjoying what I was learning in school,” said Engholm.
She plans to enter a new chapter of her life by attending Gordon College in August, where she will study history and possibly English while continuing her passion in the choral ensemble.
Furthermore, Engholm thanks her mom for driving her back and forth to all of her commitments and encouraging her interests. She is also appreciative of her friends that are involved in the school community as they inspire her to do the same, even during stressful times.
“Experiences are only as valuable as you want them to be—you’ll enjoy things a lot more if you intend to! Have an open mind and don’t shy away from your comfort zone, and you’ll make some great memories!” said Engholm.

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