If your high school does not have an Environmental Club, the only thing to do is start one. That’s exactly what Angelica Borowy, 2021 valedictorian of Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, did.
Angelica, first in her graduating class of 717, developed an interest in the environment after watching documentaries about environmental issues. She started the club in the 10th grade. Since then, the club meets monthly via Google Meets to discuss environmental tips. This year, the group also participated in two beach cleanups at the Boynton Inlet.
The soon-to-be 18-year-old carries an unweighted GPA of 4.0 and an HPA of 5.45. She has been taking classes virtually since March 2020. With an ACT score of 33 (35 Superscore), her plan is to major in computer science. It is not surprising that her favorite movie is “The Matrix.”
A native of Palm Beach County, Angelica lives with her parents, Teresa and Janusz, and her sister, Veronica. She plans to attend Cornell University.
School activities include the Math, Spanish and Science Honors societies, as well as National Honor Society. She has also carried a bevy of AICE and AP courses since sophomore year.
Angelica is an AP scholar with distinction and recipient of the AICE diploma with distinction.
With eight courses this year, including AP statistics, AP calculus, AP literature, AP biology and AP government, her plate was full.
She said she chose Cornell because of the school’s excellent computer science courses and expansive curriculum.
Effective time management is how Angelica holds it all together. She copes with the restrictions of the pandemic by staying focused.
“I like to manage my time effectively,” she said. “You’re sitting at home in front of the same desk in the same spot. It is important for me to change up my environment. I just make sure I stay on top of things.”
Modest, humble and a self-starter, Angelica can’t name a singular source of inspiration that drives her incredible success in school.
“I’m sort of self-motivated,” she said, thoughtfully.
As for advice to incoming freshmen, she advocates expanding one’s interests, and taking advantage of the multiple clubs and activities available.
Angelica said that while she looks forward to graduation, COVID-19 has left her disappointed, adding that the hardest part of the pandemic has been not being able to see friends. On the upside, she said it’s given her a newfound appreciation for them.
What is your favorite movie?
What are your hobbies?
Reading, writing short stories and playing guitar.
What do you do to get away or take a break?
I usually listen to music or play the guitar, read a book, go on a nature walk or hang out with my friends.
If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?
What is the best advice you ever received?
To not worry about what other people think and to just follow your passions and do what feels right.
What is your favorite book?
“Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin.
What is your favorite memory?
Honestly it’s hard for me to pinpoint a specific memory of mine that’s my favorite.
How do you feel about possibly having a virtual graduation ceremony instead of an in-person event?
I recognize the need to ensure safety and to minimize the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, it’s an unfortunate situation and a virtual ceremony would never be able to capture the atmosphere of an in-person graduation. The possibility of a virtual graduation ceremony does relieve some of the stress for me and definitely makes it more time efficient though, so I’m not too bothered by the idea.
How do you feel about spending your last year of high school mostly isolated from friends because of coronavirus?
I feel that it’s really unfortunate that I haven’t been able to stay in touch with friends as often as before due to coronavirus. I always looked forward to senior year as being the time that I would be able to go out with friends and travel, but I’ve had some big trips canceled. I have found ways to keep in contact virtually and through social distancing. Although, being isolated from friends has made me really appreciative of the time I do get to spend with them.