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Erika Booth


BIOGRAPHY:
My name is Erika Booth and I’m a senior at Southwest High School in Jacksonville, home of the stallions! My family has supported me throughout everything I have done. My father is a Sgt. Major in the Marine Corps and is retiring after thirty years; being a military child has made me more resilient, adaptable, and an overall better person. Another influential factor occurred during my freshman year. In 2010, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and a blood clotting disorder. Because of this, I take multiple medications that include a blood thinner. Managing my health is a full time job and has made me into a more mature and responsible person.

High school has been an amazing experience; I have been number one in my class all four years of high school and will graduate this year as Valedictorian. While maintaining my academics, I have been extremely active in school. I am president of the Senior Class, as well as the National Honor Society, and Health Occupation Students of America. With HOSA, I have attended the State Leadership Conference twice, and have placed within the top three both times, allowing me to attend the National Leadership Conferences. Outside of school, I have traveled with People to People Student Ambassador Programs internationally as a Student Ambassador for the United States. I was also honored as the 2012 Military Child of the Year for the Marine Corps for my loyalty, adaptability, responsibility, and service in my community.

I cannot wait to move on and accomplish more during my years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I hope to continue volunteering with various organizations like Onslow County Parks and Recreation, and Partnership for Children. My family and friends have provided me with enormous support and they are the most important people in my life. No matter what I do, I know I will succeed with them behind me.


SCHOOL: Southwest Onslow High School
NAME: Erika Booth
AGE: 18
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT: Biology
FAVORITE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY: Traveling!
FAVORITE BOOK: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
FAVORITE SONG: Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
FAVORITE BAND: Jonas Brothers (they were the first concert I ever went to!)
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Survivor, Pretty Little Liars, and Bones (I couldn’t choose just one!)
FAVORITE MOVIE: He’s Just Not That Into You
FAVORITE ACTOR/ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence
FAVORITE FOOD: Sushi
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON WEEKENDS: Cuddle with my dog!
FAVORITE SEASON: Winter
FUN FACT: I was born in Japan and have traveled to 10 different countries throughout high school.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: My dog, who would be carrying my medications, because I can’t live without either of them!

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