Lola De Los Santos was voted Senior of the Month for January. She really likes the environment at GPFAA, the people, the teachers and the respect everybody has for each other’s different craft. Lola is in Jazz Band.
Social Studies teacher Taylor Flemming says, “Lola has a drive and spirit to accomplish anything and everything. Whether she is competing in a triathlon (which she does all the time), playing the drums in Jazz Band, or racing through her school work, Lola strives to accomplish it all and succeed no matter the difficulty!”
GPFAA taught her to always be humble. “You can constantly be told how good you are or you did a great job, but always be humble about it. Be humble in everything you do.”
After high school she wants to get into UNT’s music program. She aspires to be a studio musician or on Broadway in the orchestra pit.
Kristina Lenkowsky was voted Senior Girl of the Month for December. She loves theatre at GPFAA because it opened up different aspects of working in theatre. She first focused on acting but then her passion became stage managing. “(Theatre) let me have multiple opportunities in the professional world.”
GPFAA also taught her to make her own opportunities. “If you want something, you have to work for it, and you can always find something new.”
Theatre directo Brooke Potts says, “Kristina is one of the most hard-working people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. She is passionate about her craft and wants to learn everything she can from anyone she can. Whether it’s stage managing the musical, helping hang lights for the middle school shows, or helping copy worksheets, I know I can rely on her for quality work and good conversation.”
Next year she will pursue a BFA in stage management.
Tori Carter was voted Senior of the Month for November. GPFAA has been a place where she is fully able to be herself in all of the different events and activities she has done. “I always feel that my opinions are valued, that I’m able to become the artist I know I am, and I always have the support system behind me to do whatever I want to do,” she says.
GPFAA helped her learn that it’s okay to be who she is and have an opinion, while still listening to others and being able to learn from them.
Her dance instructor Dani Warden says, "Tori is absolutely brilliant! She has an intellectual approach to her artistry which has allowed her to develop a unique style in dance and choreography. Her interest in humanities is inspiring to others. She is the epitome of powerful young women. She will be a difference maker in our world."
Next year she will attend college and study dance and African American studies, so she can continue to pursue her academic and artistic interests.
Jenna Eisel was voted Senior Girl of the Month for October. She says the Vocal Music strand has trained her and the rest of the choir to “work as a team to make beautiful music together,” which will help her in college, working with others to reach the big goal at the end.
She liked GPFAA because she could pursue her passion while taking other challenging classes and mixing with the other strands to get a combination of everything she wanted to learn.
Vocal Music director Joel Duarte says, “In addition to her academic excellence, Jenna is also a model student who sets a positive example for her peers. Her work ethic and focus on doing well is an inspiration to her classmates and has earned her a leadership role in the classroom where students often seek her help with various tasks/schoolwork throughout the day. Jenna is a wonderful young lady, and it has been my privilege being Jenna's Vocal Music director for seven years
For college she wants to major in biochemistry to prepare for med school.
The staff at GPFAA voted Kathryn Chambers to be the Senior Girl of the Month. About the school she most appreciates the freedom of expression. "You are left to your own devices in your strand, which allows you to grow internally and externally in your art." She says GPFAA taught her work ethic, time management and how to be more productive as a person.
Her art teacher Lena Rodriguez says, "Katie’s wit, enthusiasm and creativity have truly helped mold the culture within our studios. She is a natural leader who is dedicated to all she’s involved in. She is a great academic, artist, athlete and friend to her peers."
Next year she plans on attending the University of Colorado at Boulder to study art, journalism and creative writing.
Adam Froese was voted Senior Boy of the Month for December. He says GPFAA really pushed him out of his comfort zone and challenged him to work harder to pursue his goals in Jazz Band, where he plays trombone, and also academics.
At GPFAA he says, “I’ve learned to persevere toward my goals, especially how to be responsible and get work done.”
Jazz Band director William Centera says, “Adam is our silent leader. He definitely leads by example and is always present, consistent, and prepared. He is a terrific student academically, and one of our hardest workers in the jazz program. We are especially proud of Adam, and I know he will be successful after he leaves GPFAA.”
Next year he will major in mechanical engineering, probably at UTA.
Christian Wikoff was voted Senior of the Month for November. He found GPFAA to be great not only because of the academically challenging, but it also honed the arts and allowed him to be who he is supposed to be. He loved the opportunities and resources to grow as an actor and musician. He says, “The musical has definitely been one of my biggest influences. It gave me the opportunity to grow in my abilities and to become friends with everyone.”
He likes how it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you have the chance to be who you are, and everyone respects that.
Music teacher Henry Martinez says, “Christian is one of the most earnest students that I have had the pleasure to instruct. He is always looking to go beyond the lesson of the day in order to enhance his knowledge and experience in class.”
After graduation, Christian will get a business degree while continuing to pursue music, specifically audio engineering.
Nathan Segura is the Senior Boy of the Month for October. He felt really supported at GPFAA, especially by the teachers who helped him grow and focus on what he enjoyed doing. “It really was a good experience, making new friends, and the teachers are so nice.”
He came to GPFAA as a shy seventh grader and credits the people here with his growing self-confidence and self-esteem.
His Orchestra director Richard Galvan says, “Nathan has such an optimistic approach to everyday life. He is positive force and is so hard-working. He is also one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met.”
Next year he will attend UNT and major in business.
Mason Anderson was selected by the staff as September Boy of the Month. As a theatre student, he says he enjoys the variety of classes that the strand offers. When asked what he'll take away from GPFAA, he responded, "Work ethic and staying on top of my stuff will help me prepare for college specifically."
Theatre tech teacher Jordan Fetter says, "Mason has a magnetic personality, which makes him a natural leader. He is witty, energetic, and usually the life of the “party!” He is one of the most authentic people I have ever had the privilege to teach."
Next year he plans on attending Sam Houston State University to study Criminal Justice.