MODESTO — Sara Coito is enrolled in Modesto High School's prestigious International Baccalaureate program. She is involved in Associated Student Body Leadership, clubs, dance and drama, and maintains a 4.5 grade point average.
Since age 4, Sara has been part of Dance Academy. She dances in various styles, such as tap, jazz, lyrical, character and hip-hop.
"Dance opened me up to new challenges and reminded me that there is always something new to learn," she said. She served as dance assistant at Dance Academy from freshman to junior year.
Sara has been a part of Modesto High's Dance Production for three years.
She performed in two school productions, "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "1984," in which she was a part of the ensemble and then a cheerful landlady.
Sara helps put on large events such as homecomings, rallies and school dances as an ASB Leadership student for four years.
"My journey in leadership molded me into a selfless person," she said. "It exposed me to how much I can share myself with and work for others."
She acts as representative of her senior class and strives to improve life on campus.
During her junior year, Sara was nominated as second alternate for California Girls State.
At the beginning of senior year, Sara started the People Project, which works to aid people in need. As one of the projects, the club made peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and assembled care packages for the homeless, gathering basic supplies from students, teachers and stores.
Sara will be majoring in English at the University of Portland this fall, pursuing her interest in literature.
Parents: Shelly and Albert Coito
Brother: Albert Joseph, 15
Hobbies: Reading, writing, dancing, photography, watching Disney movies
Biggest influence: My Vava is my biggest influence because she instilled in me her perspective of life that keeps me smiling.
Last book I read for pleasure: "Atonement," by Ian McEwan
Favorite TV shows: "Psych" and "How I Met Your Mother"
Favorite movies: I have several favorites, including "Tangled," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Pocahontas" and "Forrest Gump."
Favorite music genre: Indie music
Favorite band: Imagine Dragons.
Biggest fear: Fear of growing apart from people who have made me who I am. I never want to lose sight of what and who is important to me.
What I'd tell the president: Education is the cornerstone of success. Instead of focusing only on problems of today, focus on the promise of tomorrow, which is in the students who will take the nation further.
Advice for kids: Never lose your wonder or curiosity for the world. Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day. Always love life.
Advice for adults: When you figure out what makes your child's eyes light up, help them to continue doing it. Helping your children find what they're passionate about is one of the greatest gifts you can give.
Where I'll be in 10 years: I will hopefully be working as a published writer, but if not, I would love to be a skipper for the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland!