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Posted: April 27, 2020

Selfless Senior Spotlight

Zachary Josh Khieu of Volcano Vista High School

“During my four years at Volcano Vista High School, I have grown to become someone I never imagined I would be. My freshman year, when I first walked in through the doors, I was a very timid, unpopular, yet enthusiastic kid. My older brother and sister gave me this advice: ‘Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.’ But who was I? And what group did I belong to? For two years I tried comparing myself to everyone around me, seeing how people behaved and the outcome that led from it. Doing this not only helped me to discover what made me unique but it also helped me to see many problems in school that most people overlooked or didn’t care about. What bothered me the most was seeing seniors who had not attended even one sports game, drama show, or joined one club. I saw it was the students who weren’t active or had no school spirit who would drop out or earn consistent D’s and C’s. These students went through some of the most important years of their lives miserable. I passed by students at lunch who kept to themselves, never speaking to anyone, even during class. Even teachers and custodians were unhappy nearly every day which obviously negatively affects the learning process. My junior year I decided to do something about it. I was elected Vice President of the Asian Student Union and Vice President of Career Development in DECA. We encouraged a culture that promoted school spirit for all students, trying to make them look forward to coming to school. I also started to interact with all the other club and sports leaders seeing how they affected student life. I started to dedicate my time in school towards making all students have fun at school, because it was the happy students and teachers who performed the best. Everyday over the announcements we hear the school slogan, ‘It’s great to be a Hawk!’ but most kids never believed that. Eventually I ran for Student Body President hoping to change the atmosphere so students and staff could come to school looking forward to their day. Even though I lost the election I didn’t give up. As Student Body Treasurer, National Honors Society President, DECA Class Officer, as well as participating in other clubs and extracurricular activities it remains my purpose to make four years of a student’s life more memorable. Volcano Vista High School will always be a beautiful memory in my life. I am grateful for all the teachers, staff, and students who have made me who I am today. For me, and many students, it will always be great to be a Hawk!”

How would you describe Josh?
engaged, adjective, involved in activity, greatly interested, under engagement, pledged