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EHS Senior Spotlight November 2021: Meet Meara Hayes

Meara HayesEwing High School will host its Virtual Open House on Thursday, November 18th, what would you like future Ewing High School students to know about your high school? I would like them to know that while it all seems intimidating at first, Ewing High School is a place full of opportunities and growth for everyone no matter what your future may hold.

What has been your favorite class to date and why would you encourage another student to take that class? My favorite class to date was AP Language and Composition class because we really got into depth about the literature as to what stories it tells, the author’s perspective on it, and so much more. I just had a great time being able to do more than read an analysis text from the main story and feel it is something every student should have the chance to experience.

What advice can you give in regards to balancing academics, activities and out of school responsibilities when you are a high school student? My advice in regards to balancing everything you may face as a high school student is to plan out everything as much as you can and keep track of everything on lists. The more physically you can see something the better you are to remember it and do it on time.

What instrument do you play? I play a number of instruments, but most often I play the flute or piccolo for the concert band and piano for the jazz band and pit orchestra for the school musical.

What is an extra-curricular activity at Ewing High School should students not skip? I feel Student Council is an extracurricular activity that students should not skip because it allows them to learn and help make more decisions on what happens at the school as a student. Plus it is lots of fun to work with other students at different grade levels on things like pep rallies and school dances.

In which activities do you participate in school? I participate in Student Council, Marching Band, National Honors Society, Cross Country, Wrestling, and Spring Track and Field.

What activities do you participate outside of school? I participate in Club Wrestling, Martial Arts (Jiu-Jitsu & Kickboxing) and Girl Scouts.

What awards or acknowledgements have you received in school and/or outside of school? First off I was made the President of National Honors Society, have received a number of medals in Cross Country races, Jiu-Jitsu, and Wrestling tournaments, and was part of Team New Jersey for the Girls Freestyle Team that went to Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.

What accomplishments are you most proud of? I am most proud of making Team New Jersey (Wrestling) this past year as it had been a goal of mine since freshman year of high school.

What is your favorite memory of high school to date? My favorite memory of high school to date is during my sophomore year when EHS hosted a small Girls Wrestling Tournament at the school and I won all of my matches that day.

Who is your favorite teacher and/or coach why? I love and enjoy all of the teachers and coaches I have met in my high school career but my favorite is Mr. Dalessio. He was the first person to show me that I could do and be so much more than what I first thought and helped me be who I am today.

How do you define success? I define success as your ability to improve over time in order to achieve your goals but also to be able to look back and acknowledge/reward yourself for all the improvement you have made.

What are your plans after you graduate from Ewing High School? I plan to go to college to get a major in Exercise Science, minor in Music, and wrestle as part of a Women’s Freestyle team.

What is your favorite quote or book? My favorite book is Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.