By: Celeste Duran
Violet Vega is like Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, she is the “girl on fire”. Violet has done many things at Samueli Academy these past three years. You can get to know her as more than just a student.
She is the ASB President at Samueli Academy and is hispanic like most of the students at Samueli. She also plays soccer, volleyball, softball and other sports. She is very involved in school and extracurricular activities.
Violet was born in the hospital that is now Samueli Academy. Quite a lot of students at Samueli Academy were born in that same hospital. Her mom and dad were born in Zitacuaro, Michoacan. Violet’s mom recently lives in Mexico while Violet lives with her dad in Santa Ana. She moved houses quite often with her dad and her five brothers and her sister. “Because I moved a lot, I have gone to about 15-16 schools...honestly I lost count.” said Violet.
The daily life of an ASB president, soccer captain, and leader of Helping Hands can be pretty time-consuming. “Life as ASB President is pretty busy, there’s lots to do.” said Violet. She plans out the daily schedule for ASB and she oversees everything going on. She loves the responsibility of being ASB President. “It’s a lot of responsibility because if something doesn’t go well I’m the one to explain why,” said Violet, “but that’s one of the things I love.” She has to work well with others, have patience, and most importantly be responsible. “Yes, she is hardworking. Sometimes I thinks she's crazy, for accepting to do so much work.” said Natasha Curry, ASB Freshman Vice President. Helping Hands meet every other Monday so she can make time for it. Helping Hands is a club that gets students involved to do community service.
She also is a leader among the other ASB members and other sports and clubs. She has been the captain of the soccer team the past two years. This year is the first year of varsity soccer at Samueli Academy and she has done great being a leader for the soccer girls. “She is a super sweet girl who has a lot of leadership skills at school,” said Ivanery Jimenez, a junior on the soccer team at Samueli. The captain is supposed to be the person who the team looks up to in time of need or motivation. She always speaks words of support during the huddles the team do before and after each game and practice. Violet always supports the team even after a loss, what a captain should do. Violet has scored a few goals in this seasons and has improved a great deal in the past three years. She never played soccer before going to Samueli Academy, she has improved greatly since then. “My favorite thing about violet is her amazing soccer skills,” said Iridyan Jimenez, a junior also on the soccer team.
Violet had many interesting and funny experiences throughout her life. She would like to share a story that has happened to her when she was lighting fireworks on the Fourth of July. Her family was lighting up some fireworks that sounded like bees and they would shoot up in the air. “But my dad was trying to figure out how they worked and when he lit one up it flew directly towards my head because he was aiming it incorrectly,” said Violet. She ducked the firework just in time, but the bee firework skimmed her hair and lit it some of her hair on fire. “My hair didn’t get damage or anything but for the rest of the night everyone made fun of me by calling me, “the girl on fire,” said Violet.
Violet is a very active person who always supports her friends and teammates. She can help with managing your time and maybe teach you some of her soccer skills. She cares about the world and her friends, so if you need any help you can ask her. “My favorite thing about Violet is willingness to help others and the school,” said Natasha Curry.
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