Victoria Kopko


What school will you be attending in the fall? 
The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Public Policy and Law/Spanish.

What is the most important thing you learned in high school? 
The most important thing I learned in high school was to always reach out to others when you need help. You never know who you could learn so much from if you never try to reach out and be confident!

What is your favorite high school memory? 
My favorite high school memory is senior homecoming week overall. It was so fun and everyone around the school seemed so lively and happy!

What was your favorite class or learning experience? 
My favorite learning experience was when we had cooking projects in my freshman and sophomore year Spanish classes. We’d speak Spanish and teach the class how we made our salsa or other Latino dish. It was a really fun competition to see whose salsa/dish was the best!

Share your best advice for incoming freshmen. 
Do not be afraid to become involved in school! You will meet so many amazing students and teachers who you will never forget and who will greatly help you throughout your high school career.

What or who do you account for your academic success and ranking in the top 2 percent of your senior class? 
I account my parents and my teachers for my academic successes and ranking in the top 2 percent of my senior class. Both groups of influential adults always reminded me of my academic abilities and how great my work ethic was. They always kept me motivated, even when I felt tired and down.

What are you learning about yourself and the world as we collectively face this global pandemic?
As we collectively face this global pandemic, I am learning so much about myself. I absolutely love expressing myself through art and music. I am currently trying to learn how to play the acoustic guitar and I am trying to paint for once in my life. As for what I am learning about the world, I have learned that many individuals truly care for others, even when they do not know them. I will never be able to wrap my head around the strength and determination that it takes in order to become and work as a nurse, doctor, or any other kind of healthcare professional.