A bright-eyed, determined second grade student takes the stage for our November Student Spotlight. Shannon Worthey needs no introduction in her own circle, but the rest of us were shocked to hear how Shannon spends her extracurricular time. Shannon has been practicing Irish Dance for the past three years. Her passion for Irish Dance stems from her debut on the living room floor at just 2 years old when she watched the entire three-hour Riverdance video, following along the entire time. Holding Shannon’s attention was no feat for this busy girl, but she was so mesmerized by the dancing, her curiosity did not wander.
Mom, Ashley Worthey, remembers being shocked how she actually looked like she knew what she was doing at just two years old. Shannon now attends classes at the McKeever’s School of Irish Dance, located in the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts in Sacramento. Her instructor, who Miss Shannon is quite fond of, danced and toured with Riverdance prior to opening her own dance studio. It is apparent Shannon truly looks up to her instruction, with aspirations to dance as she does. Shannon has competed in her own feisannas, or Irish dance competitions, and has placed either first or second in each one, currently holding three first place metals in her possession. In addition to competitions, she has performed for Mayor Steinberg, as well as multiple school talent shows. When asking Shannon how dancing makes her feel, her enamored response was, “HAPPY!” Her passion for Irish dancing sparkles in her eyes and her determination to ‘never give up’ will take her far in life.
During the summer of 2019, a group of Lincoln High School students had the honor of attending the annual American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Summer Advocacy Institute in Washington DC. These 9 young women participated in a quickly growing event that’s sparked the interest of many high school students across America. They participated in various seminars, team building exercises and several tours of museums and historical monuments. After one seminar, they had the opportunity to ask a congress representative a few questions and take a photo with them. One student in particular, Hannah Villanueva spoke highly of her experiences, mentioning passionate and emotional moments for many. She was able to visit the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, where her great uncle’s name is etched in the wall for his services.
While surrounded by other passionate individuals, Hannah felt inspired to be a positive influence in her local community. Hannah plans to follow in her great uncles footsteps and become a trauma surgeon for the US Military. The group of students ended their memorable trip with a ball at the National Art Gallery, which the organization rented out the entire venue to end in celebration. It was an experience these 9 young women will never forget.
We are kicking off the school year with a whopper of a student spotlight - highlighting not just one student, but three! Three sisters have quite the tight schedule outside of their regular school day. Six-year-old Emeliann Grandin, nine-year-old Charlotte Grandin, and eleven-year-old Lily Grandin are all chasing that checkered flag when they aren't at school. Emeliann and Charlotte both attend Carlin C. Coppin, while Lily is in her first year at Glen Edwards Middle School. The racing trio all race quarter midget racecars in different motor classes. Emeliann races in the novice (or beginner) division with a speed restricted motor. The older sisters are both racing the senior Honda motor with no speed restrictions. The girls race during the nine-month long season, racing 20-30 races within that time. The family primarily races in the Northern California Area, with a few major races across the country. Over Thanksgiving, these racing rockstars head to Las Vegas to compete against over 350 cars. When asking father, Carl, what sparked their interest in racecar driving, he mentioned their mom, Sue, grew up around drag racing. His biggest motivation to get the girls involved was the driving experience they would have under their belts, once it came time to get behind the wheel of a daily driver.
When the family isn't out on the racetrack, all three girls are involved in 4H. In addition, Emeliann and Charlotte play softball (Charlotte is on the All-Star Team) and Lily plays waterpolo. All three girls maintain their schoolwork and still have time for their family and fun! These girls are definitely on the right track for a bright future!