NANDNA LAHOTI 
 
When did you start at Hyde Park?
I moved from Scottsdale, AZ right before my junior and started at Hyde Park High School.
 
Who have been your favorite teachers? Why?
While I’ve had some of the greatest teachers, Dr. Bullock has been my favorite. She’s been my AP English teacher for two years now. I really appreciate how she teaches in a professional manner, but at the same time is extremely relatable and caring. I really value that the entire staff is there for me at Hyde Park.

What extracurricular activities are you involved with?
While I’m involved in clubs, like being the Treasurer of Student Council, and sports, like tennis, I’ve been learning vocal music since I was 4 years old. I have competed, performed, and taught nationally and internationally. I will also be receiving my 5 year music diploma in March 2019.
 
What is one part of Hyde Park that will influence you after you graduate?
I truly think that Hyde Park has taught me how to manage strong academic grades along with being able to do things that I enjoy outside of school. I hope to use this type of management when I go to college so that I can have a balanced schedule.
 
What are your plans for next year?
I want to be at the forefront of technological change so that I can generate a meaningful impact on something I truly care about. As a result, I would like to get a degree that combines aspects of business and computer science.
 
“I will always remember”….
I will always remember my Calculus BC class. We have too many inside jokes.
 
What advice do you have for any incoming students to Hyde Park?
I would say to get involved in different clubs and activities as much as you can, because the friendships and memories you make there will last a lifetime.
LOGAN GARNER
 
Logan Garner has attended Hyde Park since 6th grade, but his ties to the school run much deeper. All three of Logan’s older brothers graduated from Hyde Park as “lifers,” and Logan’s mother worked for Hyde Park Baptist Church for many years as the assistant to the youth pastor. Logan believes these ties to Hyde Park have influenced him greatly, particularly his love for the community and commitment to a life of Christ.
 
As a student, Logan has immersed himself in activities. He participated in choir in middle school, serves as the varsity basketball team manager, and helps run the weekly chapel service at the high school. As a member of the Praise and Worship team, Logan supervises the technical aspects of chapel, including the music selection, creating the accompanying PowerPoint slides, and assigning tasks to other worship team members.
 
Logan believes the close bond between students and teachers and the small class sizes have made him a successful student. He plans to attend Southwestern University in the fall and pursue a major in Communications. Logan wants to become a novelist someday and lists Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Peery, Mr. Massey, Mr. Carpenter, Mr. Bratcher, and Mrs. Becak as some of the most influential teachers he’s ever had.
SYDNEY MOORE

Q: What universities have you applied to and what are your plans for next year?
I’ve applied to Sam Houston, George Washington University, and Boston College. I’m hoping to major in Criminal Justice and work towards joining the Police Academy.
 
Q: What advice would you share with incoming freshmen at HP?
Find what you’re passionate about. It’s important to find your nook and/or something that you’re comfortable with. It’s always nice to have something to come back to whether it be sports or art; I wish I had taken more time to find a community to be a part of at HP.
 
Don’t be afraid to ask questions to both administration and staff. I haven’t met any staff here that I don’t like. I think students forget that they have many resources on campus and that they can always find help. The administration and staff really care about students.
 
Q: What was your first year at Hyde Park?
My first year was 6th grade.
 
Q: What is one extracurricular activity that you will remember?
I’m currently taking Yearbook. It’s a lot of work, but well worth it. We’re given the chance to interview people, which I really enjoy. Right now I’m working on the October spread and I’m thankful for having such a patient teacher to help me do certain tasks related to the yearbook.
 
Q: Why are you confident to head out of state to attend college?
I’m confident because it’s a chance to become independent and it’s something I’ve desired for years. I would finally be able to do something I’m passionate about which is to help people.
 
Q: What additional thoughts would you like to share about HP?
The one thing I’d share is how I’ve met very genuine people who care a lot about who students are as a people. This is hard to find in public schools and even some private schools. Over the past few years our admin and staff have really helped me. Dr. Creasy has been a great ally for me. More students should utilize their school counselors if they aren’t already. It can also lead to a good recommendation letter for college.
 
Q: What teacher and/or class impacted your senior year?
English IV with Dr. Bullock. She’s probably been one of my top 3 favorite teachers at HP. She is one of those people who is genuine in her care for students. She is also brilliant and can really lead a class that conforms to what students need. The ways we need to learn can get lost in the classroom and she really takes the time to find that for each student.
 
Q: “I will always remember…”
I think I will always remember the support that HP has provided for me through some pretty rough times in my life. The support and commitment from the staff and my friends helped remove a lot of stress.
 
Q: What is an activity at HP that provided confidence for your college years ahead?
Advisory. I think that it can give you a firm foundation in organization and also social standing since we talk about peer pressure. It’s serious and scary for some kids and they might not know how to deal with these situations in college. I think it is smart of the administration to give the opportunity for students to talk to one another about these situations with the input and viewpoint of an adult.
 
Q: What extracurricular were you involved in at HP?
Yearbook, ASL, Art, and Digital Photography.
 
DAISY SHAO

Daisy is from Quingdao, China and this is her 4
th year in the United States.  Before coming to Texas, she attended high school in Los Angeles.  She says she prefers Texas because it’s easier to study here – it’s quieter.  She feels like Los Angeles is more for tourists.
 
What do you like about Hyde Park?  First of all, I really like all the teachers and students here.  They are really welcoming.  I had a lot of questions when I first came here, and I would often stay after class to ask my questions, and all the teachers were very patient and nice to me.  Even if I couldn’t pronounce and easy vocabulary word, they would explain it to me.
Also, the atmosphere at the school isn’t as competitive.  The kids are working hard and want to get good grades, but it’s not so intense that the kids aren’t kind to each other.
 
What is your favorite subject:  I like most of my classes, but I want to study sociology or psychology in college.  I’d love to someday work with kids who don’t have the opportunities to get an education and help open the door for them.
 
What do you like to do in your free time?  I have a lot of things I like to do.  I draw and play the piano.  I also like to dance, so I’ll get together with my friends and dance together – learning new choreography.  I really like to hang out with my friends.
 
What have you read recently?  In English, we are reading Frankenstein.  It was really depressing.  I’d much prefer to read fantasy or there is a book I loved called “The Last Lecture,” by Randy Pausch.  He was a professor at Carnegie Melon who found out he was dying.  His last lecture was about “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.”  It was very inspirational!
 
What’s your biggest challenge?  Managing to my time is always a struggle.  I don’t feel like I’m a really hard worker.  As long as I finish my homework, I feel good.  But if I had no pressure to get something done, I might not do it.  If I used my time more wisely, I’d get more things done.
 
What are your plans for next year?  I’ll be attending Smith College in Massachusetts next year.  I chose this school because I wanted a liberal arts school and I can explore a few subjects before completely choosing my major.  They also have dancing and music programs that interest me.  It’s also an all-girls’ college, so that ought to be interesting.  It’ll definitely be a different experience.
 
ELIZABETH CROSSLEY
 
When did you start at Hyde Park? And why?
I started during my freshman year. Before that I attended Stiles Middle School. I wanted a smaller environment and a Christian community.
 
Who have been your favorite teachers? Why?
Ms. Stinson can really relate to me, and I feel comfortable going to her with anything I need. Ms. Becak has also helped me through a lot during my time at Hyde Park.
 
What extracurricular activities are you involved with?
I played volleyball my freshman year and was in student council 9th-11th. I have also been in the HP Med Club the last two years. And I am a member of NHS.
 
What is one part of Hyde Park that will influence you after you graduate?
It is so important to keep a planner and stay organized! I thank LEAP for teaching me the importance of this.
 
How has God impacted your life?
God has shown me that even in hard times good things tend to happen. He has also taught me that He always has a plan for you. I have traveled to Alaska, Spain, and the Bahamas for GoWeek, and God certainly worked through us on those trips.
 
What are your plans for next year?
I plan on attending college, although I’m not sure where yet. Maybe go to Blinn for a year and transfer to Texas State. We’ll see though.
 
“I will always remember”: the teachers and the administration at Hyde Park for always helping me and believing in me.
 
What advice do you have for any incoming students to Hyde Park?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. And say on top of your work, it’s important!
COLE SAYRE

Cole Sayre has two real passions in life.  The first is football. The second is videography.  He is self-taught and his abilities haven’t gone unnoticed.  Cole has been asked to film weddings and create short films for non-profits.  After a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Cole was asked to create a video of the event that was then shown to 10,000 people. This is just a small sample of the filming he has done over the past couple years.  His desire is to major in film and TV production.
 
An Eagle Scout, Cole was awarded the very prestigious Life Saving Award.  While surfing in Costa Rica, he saved a man who was drowning.  The man had been hit in the head by his own surfboard and never resurfaced.  Cole dove down to rescue him.  The man was not breathing, but Cole, with the help of the man’s friend, was able to get the man on top of a surfboard and paddle him to safety, while stabilizing his head and neck.
 

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