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If you think that it is hard being a student-athlete, imagine being that plus two more extra-curricular activities. Senior, Ivanna Quiceno, is a student at Mater Dei Catholic High School who sings, acts in theater, and is currently part of the Mater Dei Varsity Volleyball team.

Besides all of her activities as a senior, Ivanna also has to focus on college applications and getting a good score on the SAT. However, Ivanna has gotten a head start by participating in an internship at UCSD, dedicated to doing research on preserving the fertility of cancer patients. This will put her on the eye of all universities and make it easier for her to start her career in the field of science. Ivanna’s wish is to “at least minor in music, or find a way to combine the two different careers.” She is also part of the Honors Society, Executive Ambassador of Christ, a Campus Minister, and part of the Association Student Body of Mater Dei. All of these activities definitely make Ivanna very unique compared to other students at MDCHS.

Another way people recognize Ivanna is by her voice. Her first singing performance at MDCHS was at Culture Night her freshman year. Because of her talent, she has been asked several times to do the national anthem at many sporting events, along with being a cheerleader for the same event. When asked how she got into singing, she answered, “My dad sings, and many of his friends are musicians so I have been surrounded by music my whole life.”

Ivanna has been acting since she was five years old and says, “I love it.”  Her favorite play was when she was Ariel in The Little Mermaid. “I love singing and acting on stage and putting on a good show for the audience’s enjoyment.”

As if all of those activities were not enough, Ivanna still manages to be on the varsity volleyball team at Mater Dei. She has been part of the Mater Dei volleyball team since she was a freshman. This sport takes a lot of dedication, and it means doing plenty of summer camps. These summer camps follow with tryouts during the first week of school, which mean that instead of being at the beach with her friends, she has been at school on the track and running at 10 a.m. Since she made Varsity, she goes to practice five days a week, from 5p.m.-7p.m. This takes true dedication and passion.

When asked how she manages to balance everything, she responded, ”I like keeping busy and being able to do all of the things that I love. It can be hard to balance all my activities, but it’s just important for me to stay organized and work hard to be the best that I can be at everything.” By demonstrating that balancing plenty of extracurricular activities while being an excellent student is possible, Ivanna sets a great example for the rest of the student body at Mater Dei.

 

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