Standout Student: Heritage Christian Academy’s Nalia Petersen
Nalia Petersen is fully involved in activities at Heritage Christian Academy.
The key to Petersen’s success is the art of prioritization.
“Just knowing what’s really important,” said Petersen. “I don’t have time to do four hours of homework when I get home. So knowing what takes priority and what can be done in class by talking to a teacher is probably what helps me the most.”
Peterson takes several advanced placement (AP) classes and is in select choir. Her favorite subjects are English, history and literature.
“She’s impressive in how much she balances,” said one of her instructors, Carin Laird. “One of the things that I have Nalia as a student for is the AP Capstone program. She’s in the second year of this program. This year now, she is completing live research.”
Petersen is studying how music impacts the motor skills and speech patterns of young children. She will write a paper on her findings to earn her capstone diploma.
Eventually, Petersen hopes to become an occupational therapist. She plans to major in elementary education and minor in psychology. Then, she’d like to pursue her masters degree in occupational therapy.
What will she miss most from Heritage Christian Academy?
“I’m going to miss the teachers because it is such a tight knit group and I feel so comfortable with them,” said Nalia Petersen.
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