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Senior Spotlight, Briah Larson-Ashwaubenon drama, National Honor Society

By Murray Gleffe


Name: Briah Larson

Activity: Drama, National Honor Society

What was it like to be a leader at Ashwaubenon High School? “It felt very natural to me. The role was very important and rewarding. Just knowing that I’ve inspired even one person to be the best they could be was thrilling. I try to be both easy to depend on and willing to hear others out. Having been elected president of both the Performing Arts Club and Concert Choir, I’ve faced a new wave of responsibility and leadership, but it’s one I’ve enjoyed and took great pride in.”

What is your most embarrassing moment ever? “There’s quite a few to choose from, although I can’t place a specific moment. However, in the show choir that I was a member of, it was a running gag that I was terrible at spinning, which is true. I always stumbled, tripped, or landed awkwardly when learning a new dance move involving a spin or turn. While it was embarrassing, it was always in good fun.”

How many years were you involved in drama and a member of the National Honor Society? “Drama was a huge part of my high school career. Quite honestly, it was about the only part other than academics that I was involved with. I was a part of the musical for all four years. I was  a member of the Encore show choir for three years, and that has really helped me grow as a person. I also participated in the high school’s talent show for three of my four years here, and spring play for two of those four. And of course, I was a member of the Treble Choir freshman year. I had the honor of being inducted into the National Honor Society junior year. While the society doesn’t involve frequent meetings, one must stay true to a positive and intelligent character to stay a member. I was excited to have received two chords at graduation to represent my two years of membership in the society.”

What was your most memorable moment? “While my high school experience was saturated with several memorable moments, nothing can compare to our choir trip to Hawaii. Thinking even more general than high school, this trip was truly remarkable. Even now, over a year since the trip, I miss the warm beaches and gorgeous sunsets, as well as spending such unique time with my closest friends. I plan on someday returning to Hawaii with someone special.”

What was the hardest part about one of the activities that you were a part of? “As a member of Encore, I was expected to be at more of an advanced level than other music students at Ashwaubenon High School. While this wasn’t too difficult in terms of learning music, the dance element was a challenge. For all of my years in the show choir, I took a longer time than others to perfect the choreography and it was a source of frustration for me. I just wanted to prove I could do it. However, this past year I felt an improvement in my ability to learn the moves. I felt confident enough to be a leader and help others who were struggling as I was before.”

If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be? “As lame as it sounds, I have no desire to be someone else for any length of time. I’m still learning more about myself and growing in my personality. Trying to be someone else or wondering what it would be like to live another’s life seems counterproductive. I like being me.”

What are your college aspirations? “I am very excited to be attending St. Norbert College as an elementary education major.”

What would your dream job be once you graduate? “Ever since first grade I’ve longed to become a teacher. After considering many different education pathways, I decided to pursue a career in elementary education. While teaching doesn’t necessary seem like a dream job, the idea of being such an influential person in the lives of children who will grow to become the future of this world is quite a dream come true.”

What are your hobbies? “When I’m not singing or acting in a production, I like to hang out with my friends and spend amble time with my boyfriend. I also enjoy watching YouTube and perfecting my make-up skills/technique.”

What is your favorite event ever attended? “My favorite musical is ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. When my parents took me to see the Broadway tour of it in Madison, it easily became a favorite event of mine. The experience was better than I imagined.”

What is your favorite type of music? “I like a good variety of music. However, my top genres are modern pop and 2000s country. Going against the popular opinion, I quite enjoy country music and I like to joke around with my friends regarding it.”

What is your favorite thing to do on your phone? “I do so many things on my phone, from texting to scrolling through Instagram to Snapchatting my friends. It’s hard to pick a favorite. However, I’d say texting my friends is my favorite. It’s good to keep in touch and stay in the loop with the latest drama.”

What three words describe you? “I’m sure my friends and family would agree that I’m strong-willed, confident, and independent. I pride myself in having a distinct personality.”

What is your favorite trip ever taken? “The choir trip to Hawaii was definitely my favorite trip. I didn’t even mind the eight-hour plane ride that much.”


Food: Steak

Subject: Choir

TV Show: “Spongebob Squarepants”

Board Game: Life

Candy: SweeTarts or Starbursts

Ice Cream: Vanilla

Holiday: Christmas

Season: Early fall

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