Meet Kaya '21

When faced with a challenge, Kaya gives her all to achieve success. A versatile and outgoing young woman, Kaya is equally at home at Oxford and Brown, on the track or soccer field, leading her peers from the Class of 2021, or teaching children from her church. Kaya constantly seizes exceptional educational opportunities, and recently took a crime scene investigation course at Brown University. She previously studied photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she learned to design and edit album covers using Photoshop.

As a sophomore, Kaya attended Oxford University, where she took a bespoke course in critical thinking and oral presentation. During her junior year, she plans to take AP courses in physics and U.S History. The energy she pours into her academic work consistently pays off. She is regularly honored for maintaining a GPA of 95 or higher, and recently earned a bronze medal for her performance on the Level II national Spanish exam. Since she entered AHA, Kaya has been on the Student Council. Her peers elected her class vice president, and twice voted her homeroom representative. In addition, she is public relations representative for the AHA Black and Hispanic Cultural Society, and appeared in the salsa and hip-hop numbers at International Night. She also works on the AHA Voice, the Academy’s newspaper. An avid athlete, Kaya is involved in spring and winter varsity track and JV soccer. She works with Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer research. Since she was in sixth grade, Kaya has been a children’s ministry leader at The Life Christian Church, where she leads small group discussions and Bible-related lessons.

More about Kaya:

What is your favorite book? When You Reach Me

What is your favorite cafeteria food? Mac and cheese 

What is your favorite show to binge watch? Office or Grey's Anatomy 

What is your favorite app? Tik Tok

Best club or sport to join at AHA? Soccer and STUCO

What is your favorite Snapchat filter? I don't use filters

What language do you take? Spanish

Favorite uniform: winter or summer? Summer

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