"Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures." - Jack Canfield
Goals During High School
I want to make myself stand out by doing extracurricular activities that will make me more whole-rounded while being able to make our community a better place to be. To reach this goal, I joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles to improve my skills on piano. In addition, I am continuing to work with the two choirs I am part of--the KKPM Grand Choir and the Isang Binhi Ensemble--in an effort to make donations and start charities to the needy and poor by singing in weddings, funerals, and churches and gaining donation money out of it. I am trying my very best to become a better musician, and overall, a better person. If I do not reach this goal, I will join new extracurricular classes on subjects that I have never experienced before and be part of extra volunteer work to make myself and my community better.
Goals After High School
While I attend college, I will search for a small, part-time job. To reach this goal, I will look for good jobs online or ask my parents or relatives if they have jobs to offer. If I do not reach this goal, then I will simply attend a university and study there. Even if I decide to attend a university without having a temporary job, a small job during my college years will help pay bills and costs for my family.
The Importance of Academics
Google Drive PresentationThe Google Drive presentation on the Pythagorean Theorem is considered one of my finest works in school because it is the highest grade on a project that I have ever received, with an exception of the essay on "the cube in a cube." This presentation taught myself more about the Pythagorean Theorem, the man responsible of the foundation of this theorem, and how it is applied to the real world. It featured many visuals and simple problems that help viewers understand the concept of the Pythagorean Theorem.
Prezi PresentationI believe the Prezi presentation I designed in Mrs. Gravel's Interdisciplinary Studies class is perhaps one of my best academic works because it showcased my designing skills and Prezi provided me with many features and possibilities that the simple Microsoft PowerPoint didn't. This assignment taught me many ideas to showcase visuals and provide presentations with various visual graphics. It also introduced me to new programs and presentation methods.
The Importance of Extracurricular Activities
KKPM Grand Choir & Mini OrchestraThe KKPM is a religious organization that has masses at St. Rene Goupil every first Saturday at 7:00 in the evening. I am the choir's current pianist. I also work with their instrumentalists including songwriting and transposing. The main sole purpose of the KKPM is to bring more people "closer to God."
American Guild of Music: Great Lakes Regional Contest & National ConventionThe American Guild of Music has been "building young musicians today for a better tomorrow" since 1901. I have been competing as a pianist in the AGM Great Lakes Regional Contest at the Detroit-Wayne Metropolitan Airport since April of 2009. Although I lost this year, I was a top-three winner in 2010 (1st place), 2011 (3rd place), 2012 (2nd place), and 2013 (1st place).
Isang Binhi EnsembleThe Isang Binhi Choir is religious as well, but instead of performing during masses, they sing in weddings, funerals, and up stage. We did some Christmas caroling to donate money last year to Filipinos who needed help after the devastation of two deadly typhoons. We have been making donations to the needy and started charities for those in poverty since August of 2009.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Civic Youth EnsemblesI recently got in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is a community-supported orchestra that plays in the Orchestra Hall in Downtown Detroit. They have been known to be one of the finest orchestras (if not the finest) in Michigan and they helped develop young instrumentalists into great musicians. I know this because one of my mom's friends had a son who got into the DSO. He is now a musician for The Panache Group. By joining the DSO, I am expanding my career as a musician.
Website & Graphics Design
I started a small freelance web design agency called "Redpaint." Redpaint is a freelance website designer agency that offers the best-around plans at substandard prices. Redpaint to me was the start of a mission because I knew that I could start helping people build their websites. I have done it with one of my mom's friends, who is a business owner of the NRJ Flowers & Gift Shop. She has been satisfied with my work, and both her and I are looking forward to working with each other for another year. Redpaint will no longer provide services in 2015, and it will be my decision whether to keep the website up.
Solo Evaluation Records
AAA in Solo Evaluation - 32nd Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2009)
AA in Solo Evaluation - 33rd Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2010)
AAA in Solo Evaluation - 34th Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2011)
AAA in Solo Evaluation - 35th Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2012)
AAA in Solo Evaluation - 36th Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2013)
AAA in Solo Evaluation - 37th Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2014)
Test List Awards
1st Place in Test List Solo - 33rd Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2010)
3rd Place in Test List Solo - 34th Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2011)
2nd Place in Test List Solo - 35th Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2012)
1st Place in Test List Solo - 36th Annual Great Lakes Regional Contest of the American Guild of Music (2013)
Accolades in Academics
Elementary School RecognitionsSumma Cum Laude Honor Roll - 3rd Grade - Roose Elementary School (2007-2008 School Year)
Summa Cum Laude Honor Roll - 4th Grade - Roose Elementary School (2008-2009 School Year)
Summa Cum Laude Honor Roll - 5th Grade - Roose Elementary School (2009-2010 School Year)
Middle School RecognitionsAll-A Honor Roll Award - 6th Grade - Beer Middle School (2010-2011 School Year)
All-A Honor Roll Award - 7th Grade - Beer Middle School (2011-2012 School Year)
All-A Honor Roll Award - 8th Grade - Beer Middle School (2012-2013 School Year)
High School Recognitions2012-2013 School Year Grade Point Average
4.250 GPA - 2nd Highest of the 8th Grade
2013-2014 School Year Grade Point Average
4.458 GPA - 2nd Highest of the 9th Grade
2014-2015 School Year Grade Point Average
4.405 GPA - 2nd Highest of the 10th Grade