Stats: 17, Senior at Sun Valley High School in Indian Trail, NC
- Yearbook, Editor-in-Chief
- Vice President/Co-Creator of the Sun Valley High F.I.T Club
- Student Council, Senior Class President
- North Carolina Academic Scholar
- Camp Carolina Scholars Nominee at UNC Chapel Hill
- Heels for Success at UNC Chapel Hill
- National Honor Society
“No matter what you do whether you did it wrong or right, you will learn from it and it will help you in the future,” says Kaelyn.
How it began:
At Sun Valley High, Kaelyn Urena is among the top 7% of her class. She’s an active member of the National Honor Society, Senior Class President of the Student Council, Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook, and Co-Creator of the Fitness In Training (F.I.T.) Club.
Kaelyn says she was raised to listen to her heart and do what she loves so it’ll “never just be a job.” Throughout high school she has done just that by following her heart and committing herself to various projects. She’s also been an active member of the Yearbook staff and fell in love with the production side to creating page layouts and doing photography. After being promoted, she served the past two years as Editor-in-Chief. Kaelyn has also helped co-create a fitness club at Sun Valley High with the hopes of encouraging students to join her in living a healthy lifestyle.
“My mom has been a driving force in my life and an inspiration, says Kaelyn. “Without her I wouldn't be prepared to go out on my own and find out who I truly am.”
Kaelyn’s mixing her artistic abilities of wanting to be a fashion designer and the skills she’s developed from working on the Yearbook staff to pursue a career as an Editor-in-Chief for a fashion or entertainment magazine. In the fall, she plans to attend the University of South Carolina and major in Mass Communications.
“My family has given me so many opportunities to expand and become a better me. They have become an integral part of who I am today and for that I thank them. I thank them for being there for me and I am proud to say that they are my family and I love them all,” says Kaelyn.
Adriana Urena says her daughter Kaelyn has two traits that will serve her well in life: confidence and unwavering commitment. “She is fiercely independent and self-sufficient,” says Adriana. “She marches to the beat of her own drum and I could not be prouder.”
Parent to Parent:
Adriana Urena was the first generation in her family to complete a Bachelor’s degree.
“My parents supported me the best they could emotionally, but finances pushed the college experience further out into adulthood for me,” says Adriana. She says the best thing her parents taught her was to have a strong work ethic, persevere, and “work smart, not hard.” She has no regrets and glad that she can share her accomplishments with her children.
Here’s Adriana’s letter to fellow parents:
“Tap into your child's potential, encourage your child to find school activities that enhance their innate abilities, express an interest in their school work from projects to school sponsored events, talk to their teachers, meet their friends and create opportunities to get to know them and best of all to have fun in everything they do.”