High school senior Naomi Dutes
BY BOB HARRIS
Hillcrest High School senior Naomi Dutes has proven her dedication as a scholar, volunteer and an active participant in extracurricular activities.
Dutes was a writer and editor for the school newspaper The Highlighter, as well as under-secretary for the model United Nations class where she taught students how to write 15-page simulations and supervised students chairing school’s model U.N. Conference. She received a certificate for being the best delegate at the In-House Conference in April 2016 and for her induction into the Arista National Honor Society. As part of her honor’s society requirement, she tutors students in the Living Environment course and is currently ranked eighth in her class.
She also participated in the 2015/2016 Youth Leadership Institute Program at the Intrepid, Air and Space Museum and interned there last summer. During her time there, she led demonstrations on life in a vacuum, how helicopters fly and studied the oral histories of World War II veterans. She then co-wrote and publicly read the play, “The Unlucky Intrepid,” which is based on those oral histories.
Dutes has taken college-level classes English 101 and 102, advanced placement courses in Spanish language and culture and biology, while concentrating her studies in humanities and law.
She also volunteers in the National Honor Society office with advisor Hany Rashid and in the guidance office with Dejean Regine. Dutes organized the school’s annual blood drive, collected donations for the March of Dimes and raised money for the Helping Hands for Habitat for Humanity.