Riverside High School recently named its seniors of the month.
Name: Leah Burden
Parents: Sara Burden
School activities & awards: Concert band, Pep band, Marching band, Interact, Honda Academic Achievement, Youth Leadership
If I were principal for a day: I would give everyone a free day.
Favorite school memory: Freshman year of marching band, I became friends with so many good people who made my first year in high school so special.
People who have been an inspiration to me include: My mom and my teachers.
Lately, I have been reading: “In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle.
My advice to parents: Be there for your kid, anytime and anywhere. You’re our biggest supporters.
My biggest regret: Not believing in myself and caring about what other people think of me.
Most embarrassing moment: Definitely any time in Junior High.
Next year I will be: Attending College.
Name: Hayden James Allen Gammell
Parents: Amanda and Adam Gammell
School activities & awards: Marching Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, District Honors Band, Solo and Ensemble, National Honors Society (NHS), and Business Professionals of America (BPA).
If I were principal for a day: I am not too sure. My default answer is to advocate for music programs and get them many more opportunities. My heart and soul are forever set in the music department.
Favorite school memory: My favorite school memory would probably be going to and participating in the Graham Band Festival my Freshman year, Scoring a 2 at Solo and Ensemble my Freshman year with my trio (which is fairly good on the scoring system), or performing at Cedar Point where we received an overall score of 2 (which is also fairly good on the scoring system).
People who have been an inspiration to me include: My Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Allison McKee, McKinzie Noggler, Ms. Dunham, Mrs. Weadock, Mrs. Wyan, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Fauley, Mrs. Marks, and Mr. Steed.
Lately, I have been reading: “Radio Silence” by Alice Oseman
My advice to parents: Really listen to your kids. They will vocalize what they need, and just listening to them and their problems make them more comfortable to open up to you about different things they may need help with.
My biggest regret: Probably not signing up for band in the 5th and 6th grades. I didn’t know I would have taken it this far and had so much fun.
Most embarrassing moment: Probably when I was super hyped up for the end of the third quarter at my last ever football game and my trumpet valve twisted while I was in the middle of a huge crowd where my solo for the song we were playing, soon failed.
Next year I will be: Attending Ohio University, majoring in Music Education and potentially Music Composition.