Standout Student: Brooklyn Center’s Marifer Enrique Lopez
This week’s Standout Student is Marifer Enrique Lopez. She juggles academics and athletics at Brooklyn Center High School and is successful in both.
“I joined the dance team in ninth grade,” Enrique Lopez said. “Last year I joined the cross country team. This year the volleyball team. Then in the spring, the track team.”
Now a senior, Enrique Lopez has a 3.2 GPA and hopes to go to Augsburg next year. She’s coming a long way from not having English as her first language.
“She was recently exited out of ELD services,” said Heather Dodds, a teacher at Brooklyn Center. “That means English is not her first language. So even with English not being her first language she’s doing amazing work.”
Enrique Lopez is currently taking some college level classes at Brooklyn Center High School. It’s helping her become an academic trail blazer in her family.
“I’ll also be the first one in my family to graduate from high school,” Enrique Lopez said. “I’ll be the first one to go to college.”
“A Ridiculously Hard Worker”
Getting good grades is a top priority for Enrique Lopez.
“It’s very important for me,” Enrique Lopez said. “It’s very important for me that I get straight As.”
“She is a ridiculously hard worker,” Dodds said. “She consistently did the best work I think in the class.”
Enrique Lopez figures to have options when she graduates from college. She likes photography, or could go down a completely different path.
“I hope that maybe I’ll be able to work with animals,” Enrique Lopez said.
Brooklyn Center High is a melting pot with students from all backgrounds. This appeals to Enrique Lopez.
“It’s very diverse,” Enrique Lopez said. “I feel very welcome here because there’s a lot of different cultures.”