SENIOR SPOTLIGHT

Kira de Oliveira

1. What has been your favorite memory at AES?


Besides traveling for choir festivals and theatre trips, the one memory that stands out to me is winning 2nd place in MESAC Softball.  As we finished the last inning of our game, I remember jumping and cheering with excitement even though we didn’t get first place.  It didn’t really matter since we had made history as the first AES Softball team to place in MESAC.


2. How have music and theater at AES shaped you?


At AES, music has helped me to become the performer that I am today and has only made me want to pursue music more.  Probably the biggest highlight was being selected for AMIS (Association of Music in International Schools) Choir Festivals in both Beijing and Berlin, opening my mind to new cultures and experiences.


Theater allowed me to design lights, act, and direct over my 4 years here in high school.  Also, I got to go on the London trip which helped me to understand why entertainment is so important to everyone and pushed me to solidify my career path in performance.


3. What are you going to miss the most about AES?


It is so difficult to pick one thing as I have been here for 7 school years.  I would probably say the beautiful campus.  Every year, I anticipate the February flowers and how colorful the campus becomes before the dreadful heat.


4. If you had to create a survival kit for the IB/HS, what would you put in it?


I would include melatonin (for sleep), a large cold coffee from the Den, and the courage to choose the right academic path for you.


5. Which teacher do you wish you could take to college with you and why?


I would have to take two.  Lisa Burns - to geek out about music with - and Ms. Patterson - to crack inside jokes with about literature.


6. What is your favorite thing about being in music or theater at AES?


Although the music and theatre programs are small here at AES, they are still mighty.  I was able to thrive in the small class sizes and was given many opportunities to perform over the years.  My favorite thing was seeing my teachers and administrators come to my performances. It was so great to share my passion for music and theater with them.