I have been a student at DSA since 3rd grade, so I have been here for 10 years now. Having been here for such a long time, I have been given the opportunity to watch this school grow throughout the years and it is crazy to see how much has changed since I first came. Still, one of the things that never fails to impact me is seeing the love and care that the staff has for the students. I consider my teachers and my classmates to be like family to me, and I cannot imagine not having the inside jokes, the encouraging conversations, or the wonderful pieces of advice given to me throughout the years. It has been those kinds of things that have truly helped me grow as a person and I could not be more grateful for having them in my life.
One of my favorite memories of my entire time here has been participating in the WELS Choral Festival with the DSA choir.
I love that I was able to travel with my friends to a completely different environment and that we were all able to use our God-given gifts to both glorify Christ (in the Sacred concert) and to share our talents and abilities through a fun pop song (in the pops concert). Those days are ones that I will cherish in my heart forever. Before I go, there is some advice I think any student at any grade level should know: at times you might want to be lazy and slack off but it is not worth it. Push through and find a balance to avoid falling behind, but still have fun and enjoy your school years.
Senior Diana Escalona is in the Drama Club, High School Choir, Music Club, the Journey Youth Group, and is on the Track & Field team. She will either be pursuing Early Childhood Education next year at Martin Luther College in Minnesota, or staying in Florida to pursue a Communications degree in Public Relations at the University of Central Florida.