lpemberton@theolympian.comDecember 22, 2013 

Age: 18.

School: South Sound High School in Lacey.

Grade: 12.

Parents: Enriqueta and Refugio Torres.

Best personal achievements: Getting on honor roll and receiving my GED certificate.

How I spend my time: Doing outdoor adventures such as mini golfing or going to batting cages. I also enjoy bowling and shopping with my friends.

Favorite subject: Writing, without a doubt. Writing essays and having to get into concrete details is such a natural thing for me to do. I love that about writing — the only thing that limits you is your imagination.

Favorite book: “Sold” by Patricia McCormick. It is about child trafficking, and it is very eye opening about struggles that some people have to go through.

Favorite movie: “Of Mice and Men.”

Dream job: Being a forensic hypnotist. They are used to help witnesses to a crime recall facts they did not remember without hypnosis. They conquer barriers.

Someone I respect: My parents. They do everything to support my brother and me.

College I’d like to attend: Washington State University, majoring in criminal justice.

Someone famous I’d like to meet: Jesus because as a practicing Catholic he is considered our savior.

What I’d like to achieve: Getting my high school diploma this school year.

Someday, looking back on my life, I’d like to be able to say: “I made my parents proud. And no matter what obstacles I’ve been through, I’ve gotten up and strived forward without hesitation.”

Biggest challenges facing teenagers: Understanding the significance of school and the effort it requires. I don’t think they realize how important school and education are until they get behind.

One thing in the world I would change if I could: Child trafficking and all starvation; everyone deserves to live like a rich man.

Nominated by: Science teacher Jeremiah Tuckett, who wrote, “Mayra is a kind thoughtful student who is a pleasure to have in class. She not only cares about her academic work, but she cares about her peers as well. I appreciate her determination to learn new material and her willingness to help others.”

To nominate a ninth- to 12th-grade student for Student Spotlight, email the following information to, fax it to 360-357-0202, or mail it to The Olympian, 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, WA 98506, attention Lisa Pemberton. Selected students must submit a photograph and fill out a questionnaire. Provide the student’s name, age, grade, school name, telephone number and/or email; a quote about the student from a school staff member; and the name and contact information of the nominator.

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