Viridiana Bonilla-Ortega is a senior at St. Mary’s Academy who currently holds a 4.09 (weighted) GPA. Bonilla-Ortega is on the Honor Roll and has received the Coach’s Award for tennis. Bonilla is also a recipient of The Challenge Foundation Scholarship. Bonilla-Ortega is bilingual, and speaks Spanish. Bonilla-Ortega will be attending Colorado College in the fall. She has also been accepted to the University of Colorado at Denver, Case Western Reserve University, University of California San Diego, Colorado State University and St. Louis University.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice
Math or science
Pop, all music
My parents are my heroes. Without them I would not know the value of hard work and the importance of having the motivation to pursue my goals and dreams.
Reading and playing tennis
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA
WORDS TO LIVE BY
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Mary Louise Alcott
Bonilla-Ortega is a member of the National Honor Society and she tutor students who need help in school. Bonilla-Ortega is also the treasurer of the Pre-Med Club where she helps organize activities for students who are interested in studying medicine in the future. Outside of school she volunteers at the Church of Ascension as a communion teacher and as a helper for the various church retreats.
WHY IS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IMPORTANT?
“As humans, I think we all need each other, whether it means lending a hand, or just encouraging one another. Communities are there to help each other and to shape us into the best people we can be. My community has impacted me in so many positive ways. I hope to give back to the communities I am a part of, as I have been given so much by them.”
IF I COULD IMPROVE THE WORLD I WOULD…
“I would spread compassion. Everyone could use more compassion in their lives. I think there is a lot of prejudice and discrimination in the world due to the fact that we do not understand certain situations. I wish to spread compassion and be a friend to those who need one. “