Karen Padilla is a junior at Foley High School, graduating with the class of 2020. She has been a member of Foley’s Mighty Band from Lion Land for two years; she is a part of the color guard section. Over her three years of high school, she has been in Colorguard for two years, Peer Helper for two years, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America for two years, and Friends of Exception for two years.
What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
When I was younger, I would always climb up the stairs at my grandmother’s house. My uncle would put on a scary mask so that I could not get up there. I would always get into trouble when I climbed up, although later on, I would always find a way to get back up there no matter what they did.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
What I miss most about being a kid is that when I was younger, there was nothing to worry about. I would be able to sleep and eat all day without having to do chores or school work. When I was little, I always would say I wanted to grow up, but now that I am a teenager, I really wish I was still a kid.
What story does your family always tell about you?
When I was about one year old, I was just learning how to walk one day while my parents were taking care of my grandmother’s store. I toddled off inside the house into my parent’s room. Since I was small, I wanted to eat and drink just about everything. There was a bottle on top of the counter, and I almost took sip of it, not knowing it was rubbing alcohol. My parents couldn’t find me, and just then my uncle saw me. Well, the good thing is the cap was halfway on there, so I did not take a sip. My parents tell me that ever since that happened, they remained aware of what they left on the counter or anyplace else.
What are your extracurricular activities?
I really wish I could have participated in extracurricular activities during my freshman year, as I only participated in being a peer helper. Throughout my sophomore and junior year, I have participated with more groups such as FEC, FCCLA, Peer Helpers, and Colorguard. I really plan on participating in more extracurricular activities during my senior year.
Where do you work and what have you learned there?
During the weekends or usually when I am on break, I help my dad at his job. I have learned a lot, but most of all that my dad risks his life for our family. I have also learned how to cut wood, and also that you must really know fractions, as they are used all the time.
What was an experience that made you a stronger person?
During my freshman year, my dad fell off a three-story house in West Beach. It was the most frightening moment of my life. It made me stronger in many ways, I had to be strong to help my mother. After the accident, my dad was not able to work for almost a year, so I had to help my mom by working since my dad wasn’t able to. It made me become more independent and responsible for everything I do.
Tell us about the friends you’ve made through your school years.
Throughout my twelve years of school, I have made several friends, but during my freshman year, I lost plenty of friends. I am very grateful for all my friends that have stayed with me throughout the years. I have about six girls that I really hope to keep in my life forever.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
If I could learn to do something, it would be to learn how to sew. I really would like to make my own scarves, sweaters, etc. I plan on doing a business that includes learning to sew and being creative. It’s my main reason why I would like to learn, for the business aspect and plus it seems very entertaining.
What are your post-graduation plans?
After graduation next year, I plan on studying business management, but I am not quite sure where I would like to go to college. I am still looking into that. I plan on going to Mexico after graduating to visit, although my mom doesn’t really want me to go. I have several different kinds of plans, but I’m just not quite sure where or what I’ll do.
What’s your favorite outdoor/indoor activity and why?
My favorite outdoor activity is Colorguard. At first, I just joined for fun, but now that I have been in it for two years, it has been an amazing experience learning how to spin rifles and a flag. I really enjoy learning new work while I can and practicing to become better at spinning flags.