Diana Montalvo Shares Thoughts on High School


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Melody Garza

Diana Montalvo is a sophomore at PSJA Memorial Early College High School.

Do you drive to school? What was your most listened to driving song on your morning commute this year?

No, my brother Matthew drives me to school every day. My most listened to driving song has been a playlist compiled of R&B music. It consists of artists such as Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Khalid, and many others.

Which school tradition are you most proud of?

The school tradition that I am most proud of would have to be the burning of the “M“ because I believe it brings the school closer to recognize the accomplishments the seniors will have during their last year of high school. Plus it gives the rest of the underclassmen a chance to participate during school activities.

Would students be more productive if cell phones were banned during school hours?

Although our workplace would be more efficient, I believe cell phones are a necessity in case of any emergency that might occur during school hours. Also, students should continue to have liberty of using their phones during lunch time because it allows students to interact with other students on various social platforms.

What’s your favorite school lunch?

My favorite school lunch has to be the salad bar because of the variety of sides to choose from.

Should the school have ( or keep ) vending machines?

Yes, the school should have additional vending machines because it creates a more comfortable environment, since not all students can concentrate on school work on an empty stomach. They should include snacks such as cookies, crackers, granola bars, and trail mix.

Do you think an open campus is a good idea?

I believe it’s a great addition for our school to have because it creates the concept of students having more freedom as opposed to being in an enclosed environment. It would also allow the students to comfortably transition from class to class.

What’s your most embarrassing in-school memory? What happened and did you learn anything from it?

My most embarrassing in-school memory happened during my freshman year when I walked into the wrong class. I still hadn’t completely memorized the school campus or my schedule yet, and I had mixed up my A and B day classes. The teacher then took a look at my schedule with a puzzled face, and led me to the right wing and class number. After the incident occurred I learned my schedule to prevent this from happening again.

Which event did you most look forward to this year? Did it live up to expectations?

I was really excited for homecoming because I had the opportunity to show support for my friends in football. Also, since I am involved in the media and technology class, I was in charge of filming the halftime performance of the dazzlers and The Mighty Green Machine marching band. This event did live up to my expectations because I had the chance to experience homecoming first hand.

You can bring any three of your classmates on a cross-country road trip in your family’s hatchback: who would you choose and why?

If I could bring any three classmates on a cross-country road trip, I would Aylinn Molina, Clarissa Costilla, and Melody Garza. I would choose these people because we have similar music taste, which is the most important factor when it comes to a successful road trip.

If you could get rid of the bells between classes would you? Why?

I wouldn’t get rid of the bells, since it is a clear indicator of the end of one class and the beginning of another. If anything it would be ideal if the school would shorten the amount of time the bells chime. It also encourages students to arrive to class at a reasonable time.

How do you avoid participating in gossip? What do you do if there’s gossip about you?

If gossip does come around, I choose not to participate in further spreading false rumors. If there’s gossip about me at school, I would alert an adult so they could put an end to fake accusations.

Which team’s games are the most fun to attend? Why?              

For me personally, I have attended many basketball games, and have enjoyed them every time. I really like the sport, especially since I participated in my middle school team during middle school. However, the highlight of attending the games has to be supporting my friends.

If you could have the pep band play one song at games, what would it be?

A fun song that should be played in the marching band should be “Sweet Victory” by David Glen Eisley. I feel it would be a meaningful contribution to Stephen Hillenburg. It would also              make the fans happy to hear the song since everyone was disappointed when the super bowl unfortunately failed to play it during the halftime show.

Which sport does the school need to add next year?

I think an interesting sport that the school should have is lacrosse. It isn’t a common sport you would see here in the valley, but I think it would be fun to see something that we usually wouldn’t see.