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Alaric Ortiz

The "Protagonist" (a.k.a. A huge nerd)

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Alaric Ortiz is a sophomore at Richards High School, who’s main aspirations in life after Richards are to attend college and then work as an English teacher and a part time author.

“I expect to go to college for English and I’m thinking about becoming an English teacher throughout most of the year. And since English teachers, and teacher in general, usually have the summer off. What I might start doing over the summer is writing my own stories,” Ortiz said.

He plans to aim for high school level English and focus on his passion for fiction writing during his summers off.

“I do like writing, I really do. I come up with ideas every now and then and I think to myself… I sometimes sit in bed at night, like when I can’t fall asleep, I just think. My mind just goes random places, I’m having a philosophical discussion with myself, going back and forth. And then I just start going off the trail, away from the discussion with myself, going into random what if scenarios, random how to’s, random ideas that I have. And then, just modify them, and look over them and then then, if I remember them in the morning, I’ll go change them on a little document I have,” Ortiz said.

 

He draws inspiration from his two favorite authors Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why, and Jenny Nimmo, author of the Charlie Bone, series. And to help get him ready to join his heroes on the Best Seller’s lists. He’s taking Writing for Newspaper in addition to his regular English class. And aspires to get into more fiction writing courses.

“I would’ve loved to have just taken a bunch of writing classes from the start. But it turns out I can only take a bunch of non-fiction writing classes, well, not even a bunch just two. And it was either Writing for Yearbook or Writing for Newspaper. I’ve seen how much more work I’m gonna have to put in, so I’ve always kinda told myself, like in eighth grade, I told myself, the freshmen year, I’m gonna be responsible, I’m gonna do all my work, and I’m going to be on time. And I kinda did, and now freshmen year, going into sophomore year, I’m telling myself the same, little, white lies, and I think . . . Well, seeing as my first impression for world history is, we’ve already had two homework assignments. I might actually start taking this year more seriously,” Ortiz said.

And he’s made it great by not letting the pursuit of his dreams make him all work and no play. Ortiz has still found time to participate in fun clubs and after school activities.

“Speech and gaming club every now and then, but Speech is a very big club. You would attend it not just once a week, but I remember I had to attend it around two times a week, or three times a week. At the very least I went to speech around twice a week to practice for my radio events. I was not very good and I don’t know if I will do very good this year, but wasn’t very good at radio, and I needed to improve, so I started improving,” Ortiz said.

 

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