Meet Laetitia: Tenth Grade

A Saint Since Ninth Grade
 

Q&A with Laetitia

List of 8 items.

  • What are your favorite subjects?

    English because I really enjoy reading and writing and being able to express my opinions in an environment where a discussion is encouraged.
  • What was one of your favorite assignments?

    An assignment that I enjoyed this past year in English was a project in which we had to adapt two scenes from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” using the same original script but adding in new context and plotline that would delve deeper into the motivations and developments of the characters and themes. This project was a lot of fun to execute, and it required me to really think outside of the box.
  • Which course has challenged you the most?

    My math class this year, Algebra II Trig, has challenged me this year but has also inspired me to be both persistent and responsible, and to reach out to my teachers for assistance.
  • What have you learned about yourself through trying something new?

    This year I auditioned for the musical for the first time, and I realized that I love to sing. I also broadened my horizons here and made many more connections with people in all four grades.
  • What leadership opportunities have you experienced?

    I have experienced many leadership opportunities both within the classroom and after school. I was one of the captains of the JV volleyball team, and this position taught me how to be supportive of those around me as well as a good example of working hard even when things may be tough.
  • What artistic endeavors have you pursued?

    I have participated in chorus class since freshman year and was in the musical during my tenth-grade year. I also sang with the sextet during chapel once this past year, too. Being a part of the arts has made me much more self-confident, and the support I feel from my peers while performing on a stage is incomparable.
  • What student club you have enjoyed?

    I’m a member of the club “Saints for Soldiers,” which raises awareness for active and veteran soldiers through events and fundraisers. I joined because some of my friends were a part of it freshman year, and I really learned more about how to plan service events as well as how to effectively give back to those who deserve it most.
  • What part of the school's mission speaks to you?

    “Striving for excellence” is a very important part of the mission statement. Without self confidence I am not able to believe in my own potential or set worthwhile goals for myself. SSSAS helps foster a supportive environment where everyone can strive to be the best versions of themselves, and this is very important.

Video: On Campus with Laetitia

At SSSAS there are so many opportunities to try new things and to step outside your comfort zone. Many students here do not fit the mold of one type of student and excel in various areas of school life because the school has so much to offer.

About Me

Athletics: Volleyball, running, and karate.

Music: Artists that I’m currently listening to include Lorde, Maggie Rogers, The xx, and Solange.

New things I've tried at SSSAS:  At SSSAS, I participated in the musical for the first time and loved the experience as a whole. I also have been exposed to more service opportunities at SSSAS that have opened my eyes to how I can help my own community here in Alexandria, as well as how I can make valuable impacts in foreign countries, too.

Hobbies: Read, sing, hang out with my friends, walk my dog, or go on a run with my sister.

What I love most about SSSAS: I love the energy at SSSAS, where everyone is excelling in different aspects of school life whether this is in the classroom, on stage, or on a sports field. SSSAS has a truly supportive nature, which invites this energy to thrive.

My Favorites

Books: “Beach Music” by Pat Conroy, “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders, and “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.

SSSAS Events: One of my favorite SSSAS events is Sleepy Thompson because the traditions that are components of this basketball tournament are so much fun to take part in. Also, I really enjoy the all-school Thanksgiving service we have annually in the Upper School gym because the school truly feels like a community during this time of giving.

Spot on campus: The CPAC (Chapel/Performing Arts Center) courtyard when it’s nice weather, as there are so many tables where you can eat lunch or do classwork during the day.

My Day

My Classes:
  • Sophomore Ethics
  • Chemistry
  • Algebra II Trig
  • AP World History
  • English 10 Honors
  • French III Honors
  • Spanish II Honors
  • Chapel once a week

My Other Activities:
  • Volleyball Team
  • Musical
  • Saints for Soldiers Club
  • French Club
  • Sextet
  • Model United Nations