Morton Ranch High School Senior Nicole Vazquez has spent her high school years focused on student government, helping others, earning good grades, theater and also working jobs outside of school to gain practical experience. Nicole says these roles have given her confidence and a sturdy foundation to build on after graduation.
As a freshman, Nicole took the opportunity to serve in student government and became the vice president of her class. She enjoyed it so much she has served as class president for the last three years. She especially enjoys the Superintendent’s Student Roundtable, which unites students and administrators throughout the year to gain perspective on issues that affect students. “I have always liked to lead,” says Nicole. “I have always pushed myself to make a better experience for myself and for other students.”
That desire to help others is also evident in her role serving in PALS mentoring elementary students who need some extra attention to boost their confidence and through Best Buddies, another program that helps kids. Best Buddies matches special needs students with other students to go on outings and do special activities. “I really enjoy helping others,” says Nicole. “So many kids are faced with problems, and I like being able to help.”
In addition to holding down a schedule of advanced classes and earning good grades, Nicole spends as much time as she can in musical theater. She is currently cast in the role of Velma Von Tussle in the musical Hairspray, which will open at the school on January 20. Nicole has performed with TUTS and The Masquerade Theater in Houston on a professional level and plans on earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theater after high school graduation. She squeezes in acting, singing and dancing classes in order to perfect her craft. Her outgoing personality makes theater a great place to channel her energy.
Outside of school, Nicole has worked as a hostess at a restaurant and as the weekend receptionist at a busy Katy real estate office. “I have learned so much about office etiquette and how to get respect from older people,” she says.
And, while Nicole has enjoyed high school and calls Morton Ranch “awesome,” she will be ready for what comes next. She would like to be able to travel in a musical production and see the world. To the many students and friends she has met along the way, she can be confident that she has made a positive impact on them and their school and possibly inspired them to step up and take the lead.
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