Summit High School
Junior Deanna Riley, daughter of Charee and David Riley, is the Student of the Week for Summit High School.
With all of the activities Riley is involved in, it is a wonder she had any time to pose for the photograph accompanying this article.
Riley participates in the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, the Key Club, the Spanish Club and the Habitat for Humanity Club. She plays bass drum in the school marching band and is also in Summit High School’s Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble.
On top of that, she is an AP Scholar who is currently enrolled in four AP courses. Oh, and she tutors fourth-grade math students at Chapman’s Retreat Elementary after school every Wednesday through United Way’s Raise Your Hand program. Did we mention she also volunteers at the Well Outreach and babysits frequently?
This level of activity would no doubt seem exhausting to some, but to Riley it is just a reflection of her love of learning and her “joyful” personality, as she put it.
“I am passionate about learning anything, anywhere I can,” she said. “I love to find out about things I did not already know or extending knowledge on things I do know.”
Out of all her classes, her favorite is AP Calculus.
“I have always enjoyed math, and I love solving problems. This year I’ve really fallen in love with derivatives, but I love factoring, too!” she said.
Riley’s post-high school ambitions should provide her with plenty of time to nurture her love of learning.
“I would love to attend Vanderbilt University when I graduate,” she said. “I aspire to become a pediatric neurosurgeon, so I plan to spend about 15 years in college.”
When she does graduate, Riley will have someone close to her to serve as inspiration going forward. It’s the same person that she has admired and sought to emulate her whole life.
“My role model is my mom simply because I have always looked to her for guidance,” she said. “She is one of the most important and educated figures in my life, and I love her so much.”