Spirited is a good word to describe Julie Zucker. It is the first word she uses to describe herself.
The 17-year-old Wayne Hills High School student can often be seen rushing through the hallways after school, going from one extra-curricular activity to another.
She is the senior class president, an editor of the school newspaper, editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and a member of the National Honor Society.
“People always ask me: ‘Do you ever think you are spreading yourself too thin?’ And I always answer no. I live for those moments where I’m running around, going from one activity to another.”
Zucker is also the school’s representative on the Wayne Board of Education. She is enrolled in the school’s AP Government course.
“Serving on the board has definitely been an eye-opening experience into what goes into the process of running the entire school system,” Zucker said. “There is definitely a learning curve. Before going into it, I had no knowledge of how it works. Little by little, I’m understanding more and more.”
Proactive is another adjective Zucker uses to describe herself. “I like seizing the opportunities that appear before me."
Zucker wants to attend the University of Michigan in the fall.
“It’s magnetic,” Zucker said of the university. “There is such a strong sense of school spirit there and that’s what I’m drawn to. I can picture myself there more than any other school I’ve looked at.”
Zucker would like to go into communications. She wants to work in Washington, D.C., someday, either for The Washington Post, as a speechwriter, or in public relations.
“The combination of taking AP Government and going to board of education meetings, and learning the different roles of government, has made me realize that I want to do something about how the government is run,” Zucker said. “I just don’t let things pass me by. That’s not who I am as a person.”
Despite what people may think of her, Zucker said she is just as much afraid of failing as anybody else.
“People always thing I’m confident, but I have a lot of insecurities,” Zucker said. “It’s okay to fail, but I want to succeed. Failing, I’m okay with that, as long as I can tell myself that I tried my hardest.”