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Student of the Month - April 2024 (Tierra Olivares)

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“As long as I know I am making a positive impact, I’m satisfied,” stated this Air Academy High school senior. Tierra shows her passion for giving back to those around her by participating in numerous clubs and while maintaining her academic status in the National Honor Society and Principal’s List with a 3.96 GPA. Her favorite subject is English. Tierra truly enjoys books that give a different perspective, and she is often drawn to non-fictional. She also enjoys writing as a way to express herself and was rewarded for her writing during her 8th grade graduation.

In addition to her academics, Tierra is involved in a variety of clubs and is a co-founder of Black Girls Rock-y Mountain. Being in a school district without a large population of black students, she co-founded her company as a way to connect with other black girls in the city and make them feel seen and safe. She brings this same passion to Link Crew at her school. In this program, she welcomes new students and partners with them throughout the year to support their transition. Tierra gives credit to her middle school choir teacher, Mr. Sparks, for showing her how to continuously uplift others and maintain a zero-tolerance policy for hate. One of her favorite clubs to participate in is the Spanish Honor Society. She is half Honduran and feels more connected with her culture when participating in their club activities. It has even inspired her to start reading a memoir entitled “Down These Mean Streets,” which is a coming-of-age story about a man in Spanish Harlem. Tierra also enjoys being part of the National Honor Society. Recently, they wrote inspiring letters to hand out to other students around the school. There is also a club she is part of that gives back to her- entitled DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). This club prepares students to enter the business world by having students competitively role play real-world business scenarios with other schools. Additionally, Tierra enjoys giving back to students through education, as she is a tutor at her school in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and Spanish.

Outside of school, Tierra loves to cook! She recalls watching her dad cook from a very young age. She and her sister would pretend he was on a tv show and interview him as a chef. Although she started off making a simple grilled cheese sandwich, she has continued to elevate her cooking and now makes a superb baked mac-n-cheese! She watches some cooking competition shows, but her favorite is “Chopped.”

Lastly, Tierra has always enjoyed debate. She started off by writing argumentative essays and has sharpened this skill over the years. She hopes to become a lawyer so that she can aid others in receiving the justice they deserve when they can’t fight for themselves. Her top school choice is Point Loma in San Diego where she wants to study criminal justice. Tierra looks forward to forming new bonds at AAYLC next year, and we look forward to welcoming her!

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