Jackie Arana: DHS Senior Spotlight
Where were you born?
I was born and raised in Dalton.
Elementary School: Brookwood
What were you involved in at DHS?
Chorus (4 years), Student Council Rep (3 years), Student Council Executive Treasurer (senior year), yearbook (senior year), Buddy Program (11th and 12th), Lacrosse (11th and 12th), FBLA, National Honors Society, Beta Club, French Club, "Oklahama!" musical
High school highlights, achievements and awards: Academic Top 10 for three years, Lacrosse captain senior year, Scholar Athlete junior and senior year, Most Valuable Player in Lacrosse junior year
University of North Georgia Most Outstanding Student Award Scholarship
Plans After Graduation: I'm going to attend Dalton State for two years and transfer to University of North Georgia. I will also start working part time.
What do you plan to Major in? Biology
I chose Dalton State College because I'm really close with my parents and wasn't ready to leave them yet. Also, my dad graduated from there.
What did you enjoy most at DHS?
I enjoyed Homecoming week the most because it was nice to see my entire class come together and have fun.
Favorite teacher and why?
Mr. [Nick] Amonett, my student council advisor, has taught me that if I want to do something I have tot work for it. He has shown me what it means to take matters into my own hands and be independent.
Favorite subject or class: Math
What has been your great accomplishment? Branching out of my comfort zone and trying new things like clubs, sports, and public speaking.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Trying to ignore negative things people say in order to succeed. Sometimes I'll let what people think get in my head, but my family and friends have helped me overcome that. Accepting the uncertainty of the future. I'm very meticulous, and I always have high expectations and constantly map out every detail, so I get upset when things don't turn out the way I hope, but I've begun to realize that life's uncertain and you have to make the most out of everything, even the bad things.
The one thing I'm most proud of is.... Being someone people can confide in and making my parents proud.
Who will you miss most at Dalton High? All the amazing friends I've made and my caring teachers.
I would describe myself as a motivator at DHS.
Something people know me for is... my kindness.
What do you like to do in your free time? Watch tv and movies on Netflix.
Person who has influenced your life the most and why?
My dad. He came to the United States at 17 years old, not knowing any English, and he graduated from DHS with Honors. He inspires me to try new things, not give up and keep looking forward.
My favorite memory at DHS is.... Winning our 8th consecutive girls lacrosse game.
In 5 years, I hope I... continue to make my parents proud while beginning my career in physical therapy.