student spotlight: Zoe Zal
School: River Ridge High School in Lacey.
Parents: Tom and Pam Byrnes and Betty and Chris Keller.
Best personal achievement: Being nominated as an All-American cheerleader during my first cheer camp experience.
How I spend my time: I love to draw, sing, dance and hang out with my family and boyfriend. Family is big for me.
Favorite subjects: I love English, art and science.
Favorite movie: “Avatar.” I love the special effects, and I love the makeup and design they have in the movie.
Favorite book: I absolutely love to read, so it is hard for me to choose a book, but if I had to I would choose “Born at Midnight” by C.C. Hunter because of the fantasy and how quickly it sucks you into the book.
Dream job: To work for Pixar or be a Disney princess.
Someone I respect: My mom because she raised me to be who I am today, and no matter what, she is always there for me.
The hardest part of being a student is: If you missed a day, trying to get the work back on time and to deal with people unwilling to help you.
My ambitions or career aspirations include: Going to The Evergreen State College and pursuing a career in cosmetology or costuming for movies.
Someone famous I would like to meet: Jennifer Lawrence.
Someday, looking back on my life, I’ll be able to say: “I achieved and accomplished everything in my life that I wanted to and that I don’t regret a single thing.”
Biggest challenge facing teenagers today: Drugs and bullying.
One thing in the world I would change if I could: To have people be able to walk anywhere and feel safe, and to have people love one another, and for men and women to be comfortable in their own skin.
Nominated by: Teacher Carl Schlegel, who wrote, “Zoe is very conscientious about the quality of her school assignments and the projects she completes in my material science class. I know she is also very passionate about other interests as well, such as her choir class with Ms. Morgan. It is very refreshing to have her as a student; she consistently demonstrates that she enjoys and values her high school experience here at ‘the Ridge.’ She does her best to get the most out of each class period.”