Genesis Rivera is a junior at Foley High School in the graduating class of 2020. Over her three years in high school, she was in the Colorguard for three years and in the Winterguard for two years. She also is currently playing soccer again as of this year. She’s been in National Honor Society for three years, one year of Key Club, two years as Homeroom Representative, and a year of Junior Ambassadors. Genesis is also very involved in her church; she was elected as treasurer for her youth group for two years and has been in the choir for nine years.
What are your post-graduation plans?
My post-graduation plans are to at least attend a 4-year university and major in something. I’ve been looking at a few colleges and right now, I’ve been leaning more toward to The University of Alabama. Hopefully, by the end of my junior year, I have decided what I want to do, but for right now my options are open.
Tell us about the friends you’ve made through your school years.
The friends that I’ve made throughout my three years of high school so far are amazing! I’ve been close to these ladies since freshmen year, and I wouldn’t exchange them for anything. They are super sweet and funny and are always there for me when I need someone to talk to.
What’s your favorite outdoor/indoor activity and why?
My favorite outdoor activity is playing soccer. I’ve played soccer for six years of life, and I just really enjoy the sport as well as my family. My favorite indoor activity is watching movies and YouTube videos, because I love laughing and the videos and movies are entertaining to me.
What are your extracurricular activities?
The extracurricular activities that I do outside of school are a lot. For physical activities, I play soccer and do Colorguard. The clubs that I’m in are National Honor Society, Junior Ambassadors, Key Club, and Homeroom Rep. I am also really involved in my church; I’m in the choir and I was elected as treasurer for our youth group. I’m also a ride operator at The Park At Owa.
Where do you work and what have you learned there?
I’ve worked at The Park At Owa for over a year now, and what I’ve learned there is how to communicate and socialize with people throughout the day. I’ve also learned how to appropriately deal with guests from all over the country who can get upset easily when their kids or items can’t ride with them. This learning experience will always be something I can carry with me throughout my life when I face people who are upset in different situations.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
What I miss most about being a kid is not having as many responsibilities. As a junior in high school, I’m involved in a lot of activities as well as all AP classes, so I have many responsibilities I have to accomplish daily. It can be super stressful at times.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
If I could learn how to do anything, it would be the ability to talk to people I just met comfortably. To elaborate, I get really nervous talking to new people and try not to say the wrong things, but once I have a good conversation with them, I feel comfortable and not awkward.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
If I could witness any event past, present or future it would be the past. I’d love to have gone to one of Selena Quintanilla’s concerts. She’s an inspiration and would be an honor to go listen to her life.
What are you looking forward to in 2019?
In 2019, I’m looking forward to many things. I’ll be able to meet Alabama’s state governor with the Junior Ambassadors really soon. I’m also going to Disney World with the band before spring break. During the summer, I’m attending a music festival, which I’m really excited about, as well as going to Washington D.C with my church. Overall, I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and getting closer to my family even more!
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?
If I could meet anyone living or dead it would be Selena Quintanilla. She was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. She was a beautiful human being inside, and out and her music spoke to many around the world. I’d love to meet her.