Student Spotlight: Selma Silva


Abby Madden, Staff Reporter

In Gering we have many students that pursue excellence in both academics and activities. This is Salma Silva our academic spotlight of the week. Here are various things about her that you may or may not have known.

Q: Who/what motivates you?

A: Definitely my parents keep me motivated me to keep my grades up, along with my friends and coaches also motivate me.

Q: How did you get where you are now? What’s your backstory?

A: It was definitely hard to become someone who is good about turning in homework and good at studying. I had to teach myself how to study.

Q: How do you maintain the grades you have?

A: I figured out how to do my homework and you need to do your homework and turn it in. You need to be on top of everything.

Q: Do you consider yourself a leader? Why?

A: No I don’t consider myself a leader.  I am just a very introverted person. I do my own things don’t really follow anyone but then again I don’t lead anyone.

Q: Do you participate in any extracurricular activities?

A: I participate in Speech, One Act, and Mock Trial. Out of all of them speech is my favorite. You get to meet all different people when you go to meets. This is also an activity you work on yourself, with other things you rely on other people but with this you don’t.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Hopefully I will be out of college and getting a career.

Q: What’s your favorite animal? Why?

A: A dolphin because they can swim. They are very smart and pretty.  

Q: What’s your opinion on homework?

A: I wouldn’t say that I hate busy work. If it is something I actually

need to better understand something than I appreciate it, but if it is random worksheets to keep busy I don’t like them.

Q: Favorite class?

A:Comparative religions is my favorite class. I love the way Shank

teaches and the notes aren’t too extensive. There is not alot of

homework and you understand the material that is given you.

Q: Do you plan on going to college? If so, where? If not, what do

you plan on doing? Why?

A: I am planning on going to UNL. I have received two scholarships

one is the Husker Tradition Scholarship.

Q: How do you overcome obstacles in life or school?

A: I have to cry first then I bring it together and figure out what I need to do to fix the problem.

Q: How do you focus at your job and go to school at the same?

A: I don’t sleep. I cry a lot and drink a lot of coffee.

Q: How many hours a week do you work?

A: I work about 18 hours a week.

Q: Where do you work?

A: I work at Perkins.