Rising Star: Feyone La, A Humble Student Leader

asianave January 2, 2013 Comments Off

Feyone1For Feyone La, high school is more than academic success and socializing. There is an educational experience not found in the classroom, but gained through extracurricular activities.

A senior at Rangeview High School, La is President of Next Generation Voices (NGV), a statewide student-run organization that supports Asian American youth leadership. She is Student Body President at Rangeview, and has previously served as her junior class president. Throughout her years of leadership, La has planned homecoming, spirit days, and talent shows. La is also a Colorado High School Activities Association (CHASA) State Representative, working with Colorado high schools to incorporate and track various service projects.

For three years, La sat on the executive committee for the Diversity Student Alliance, an organization that promotes the understanding, acceptance, and celebration of a diverse student body. She was head of the Random Acts of Kindness committee, which plans activities so all groups of people within her school feel recognized. La mentors freshmen through LINK Crew and has faithful presence in performing arts through roles such as theater secretary and stage manager, as well as parts in symphonic orchestra and choir.

Through extracurricular involvement, La is motivated to influence others positively. “Everything is a domino effect. If I can help someone be more open-minded, they’ll influence other people,” she said. Being involved not only helps her learn about interacting with various groups, but also why different organizations operate.

“Being a part of these clubs helps me see that I can help my school and my community,” she said. Additionally, La values her ability to interact with adults on professional level.

Currently, NGV at Rangeview is currently working to support ESL students through mentoring and tutoring, as well as through raising awareness of recent immigrant needs. In student council, La has organized community service initiatives such as Trick-or-Treat for Troops and Project Angel Heart. She has also organized Rangeview’s Help At Home project, which runs food and clothing drives for students in need. La’s largest project this year was ordering silicon bracelets to raise money for victims of the Aurora theater shooting. Since July, she has raised $800 with bracelet sales. Most of the money aids victims with medical expenses, but has also rebuilt more accessible homes for injured victims.

La believes that leadership is defined by passion. “Leadership is not about a title, it’s about wanting something and finding ways to make it happen,” she said. Regardless of challenges, La’s passion does not subside. “Even if I don’t have a title, I’m passionate and can still make a difference in other ways,” said La, who encourages her peers to discover and pursue their passions.

Looking ahead, La plans to help others within the realm of medicine and enter biomedical engineering. “My entire life, I’ve been dependent on medicine and I want to make it easier, especially with kids that have medical issues,” she said. “I also want to travel and learn about different cultures, incorporate it, and inspire other leaders to make a difference.”

Ethnicity: Chinese and VietnameseSchool: Rangeview High School

Activities: Student Leadership, CHSAA State Student Council, International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Next Generation Voices, LINK Crew, Symphonic Orchestra

What do you like the best about school?: I love learning, both academically and socially.

Favorite class: Chemistry

Quote you live by: “To be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” -Bono

Yourself in 3 words: Honest, Determined, Passionate

Hobbies/interests: Theater, Music, Student Government, Community Service, Engineering

Passion: Helping others and making a positive difference.


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