Standout Student: Brooklyn Center’s Ashley Ceja
This week’s Standout Student thrives in the classroom and on the job. Teachers say Ashley Ceja is a shining light at Brooklyn Center High School. The senior student gets high grades and other students look up to her.
“If I was a CEO I would search her out,” said Michele Batts, a Brooklyn Center science teacher. “Just because she is a charming young lady and very personable with all kinds of people.”
“I want to be that person, if a middle schooler needs help, I’m there for them,” Ceja said. “Basically I want to be a role model.”
Standout Student Has Lofty Ambitions
The senior’s future goals include going to college to major in biochemistry. Someday Ceja wants to be a neurosurgeon.
“I see myself working with cells and really picking at what it is and how cells come to life,” Ceja said. “How is it produced.”
“She’s honorable and has great character,” Batts said. “Very personable and very outgoing.”
Besides that, Ceja is an incredibly motivated person who is successful at many things.
“She has tenacity and integrity in everything that she does,” Batts said.
Excelling at Time Management
In addition to class, Ceja has a paid internship at Caribou Coffee in Brooklyn Center, which is part of Brooklyn Center High’s Genesys program.
She is also a crew trainer at a McDonald’s in Brooklyn Park. Somehow Ceja squeezes the most out of her jam-packed days and is able to succeed in many different ventures.
“From here [school] I go to Genesys,” Ceja said. “From Genesys I go to my job. So I’m learning how to juggle all those things which is really good.”
Most importantly, Genesys has given Ceja a jumpstart on making the transition from high school to college and eventually into the working world.
“The Genesys program has helped me a lot,” Ceja said. “It’s been keeping me on track with my college careers.”
As for college, Ceja does not know where she is going, but is looking into a few options.