Anna Sexton is ranked 10th academically, maintaining a near-perfect GPA despite a very busy schedule that has included a part-time job.
“My secret is that I don’t sleep,” she says, adding on a more serious note, “I feel like I do a lot of things but it’s all in moderation.”
A big part of her schedule is dancing. Sexton was 4 years old when she first tried it out as a hobby, and at age 10 became more seriously involved. Although she’s tried and enjoyed a few sports, ballet offered her more than a way to be active.
“I like that you have to work so hard just to do one simple step,” she says. “Everyone thinks what you’re doing is effortless but in reality you’re working insanely hard and it’s super-grueling. And at the same time, you get to wear sparkles and a tutu.”
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Sexton doesn’t just love performing but also passing along the passion to the younger generation. She volunteered as an assistant teacher at her studio, Harbor Dance and Performance Center, and this year was hired to substitute for a class.
“It’s a lot of fun because you’re going back to basics and seeing what the younger kids are doing,” she says.
Susan Dellinger, owner of Harbor Dance, says Sexton has become a “most lovely and skilled ballerina.”
“In the time that I have known Anna, she has proven herself to be a most valuable asset and resource to our dance studio as a seasoned dancer, performer and role model,” Dellinger says.
During her busiest dancing time, Sexton spent as many as 17 hours a week rehearsing, performing and competing.
Despite that busy schedule, she has also performed in two school musicals (with a third planned this spring), has been active in Young Life and has volunteered for various projects. So perhaps it’s not surprising that she considers her ability to multitask and manage to “get good grades while doing 10 million things at once” as her highest achievement of high school.
Academically, Sexton says her secret is making sure she doesn’t procrastinate and focusing on school despite the many “distractions.”
“I challenge myself as much as I can and I make sure I’m motivated,” she says.
Sexton will continue to pursue her passion for dance by majoring in kinesiology and performance studies in college. Her long-term goal is to pursue a master’s degree in sports pedagogy at Texas A&M and to become a physical therapist for dancers
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Jon and Sara Sexton
Activities/Achievements: 11 AP/Honors classes, varsity dance team, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended Scholar, French Club vice president/president, National Honor Society; prom committee; USA All-American member; school musical; Nordstrom BP Fashion Board; Fashion Club; Harbor Dance ballet dancer, teacher’s assistant, substitute teacher; volunteer for Mini Hawks Camp, Winterfest, various projects; Fidelis Youth Program; part-time job; Young Life
Favorite teacher: Kimberly Napier “because the AP language class taught me so much, from how to analyze and annotate texts to understanding and empathizing with people of all different backgrounds.”
Best thing about high school: “I absolutely love the camaraderie among the students. Peninsula has a very open and accepting environment and people always receive so much support