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A Step Above 2018 Alexis Pedote To what does Liberty High School senior Alexis Pedote attribute her success? Hard work and passion certainly come into play, but she believes that to be truly successful in life, you must first and foremost approach it with a thankful heart and cheerful attitude. “Success, then, is not something to be earned, but something to be realized for yourself.” It’s a sensible theory that she actualizes in all that she does, be it a dazzling stage performance, pushing to the top of a mountain, acing a test or volunteering at church. By overcoming self-limiting fears, practicing gratitude and paying kindness forward, Alexis Pedote is coming into her own and taking her place as– A Step Above. G.P.A.: 4.676 Activities/Clubs: • Lip Sync Competition–The New Margot (Iris), 2015/2016 • Nevada Thespians Regional and State Conferences–Spamalot (Not Dead Fred), 2016/2017 • Stage Manager–A Servant of Two Masters, 2017 • Director–A Chocolate Affair, 2017 • Symphony Orchestra, 2014-2016 • Advanced Orchestra–1st Chair Cellist, 2014-Present • Electric Mayhem, 2015-Present • International Thespian Society, 2015-Present • Teens for Christ, 2014-Present Awards/Community Service: • Orchestra Festival Perfect Score, 2015-2017 • 2nd Place–Lip Sync Competition (The New Margot), 2015-2016 • 2nd Place–Lip Sync Competition, 2017 • National Merit Commended Scholar, 2017 • AP Scholar, 2017 • Best Featured Actress in a Musical, 2016-2017 • Feed My Starving Children, 2017 • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2014-Present • Good Shepherd Bible Camp, 2016-17 • International Thespian Society Community Service Programs, 2015-Present • Safe Nest, 2014-Present What are you passionate about? “While there are many things I enjoy doing, my main passion in life is helping people. In high school, I strive for academic achievement, and I pour my heart into perform- ing arts, but what I aspire to do more than anything is to better my own character and be the kindest student and friend that I can be.” Why do you want to go into the field of Psychology? “I have noticed that many young adults face feelings of depression, loneliness, anxiety, etc., and they often feel as though there is no hope, that no one cares, or that there is no one willing to listen. This is something that I believe can and should be changed. I know I can’t fix everything, but I will help in whatever small ways I can. No one should ever feel like they don’t matter.” Tell us about a major accomplishment that has changed you for the better. “In the summer prior to my freshman year, I climbed Mt. San Gorgonio, the highest mountain in southern California, with others my age. It took us two days. While I do enjoy nature and camping, this was extreme for me. I never would have thought I was capable of such a feat, but this experience made me realize how much farther I can go than I often believe I can. ” December/January 2018 Have you had to overcome any obstacles? “In middle school, I struggled with social anxiety. The sum- mer before my freshman year, I came to realize that the only way to be comfortable in social situations was to first be comfortable in my own skin. I made an effort to change my mindset, then I got into the- atre, where I found my passion and confidence. While I am still an introvert at heart, I now love work- ing with people. Going to school every day is no longer a fear, but a privilege and a source of joy.” 57