by Sandiela Dimatulac
Sometimes life may feel like you are sticking your head out of a car window on the freeway. The metaphorical flies flying into your face and maybe even your mouth (no, thank you) representing life’s never ending challenges. As teenagers we somehow manage to overcome this feat of nature: balancing school, work, sports, and extracurricular activities. Day in and day out we participate in the unimaginable struggle that comes with being a teenager. Occasionally, if we’re lucky, we get an extra ten dollars as a consolation prize. But other times the reward is truly worth the ups and downs we’re challenged with everyday. I spoke to Marc Paksima, a member of Santee’s Chamber of Commerce, to provide everyone with some insight on a new award for juniors and seniors: the Student Standout Article.
The Student Standout was created by Paksima and will be featured in the Santee Magazine. You may be familiar with him if you have ever read “Socializing Santee with Marc Paksima,” which is also available to view in the same magazine. The Student Standout is awarded to eligible juniors and seniors who have a minimum 4.0 GPA, are on the roster of at least one varsity sports team, and participate in at least one extracurricular activity (be it ASB, a club, community service, etc). Those who are presented with the award are then interviewed by Paksima and the interview will then appear in the next issue. Through this project, Paksima and the Chamber hope to motivate students to “strive for greater things” and show the personal side of student lives.