Haylee Barragan, Senior, Gustine High School
Parents: MaryBeth Kaminski and Kevin Barragan
Born in: Modesto
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite teacher(s): Mr. Absood and Mr. Hampton
Favorite food: Pasta
Favorite superhero: Wonder Woman
Favorite app: Instagram
Favorite emoji: Laughing Face
Words to live by: "Time doesn't heal anything, it just teaches us how to live with the pain"
Favorite artist: Mariah Carey
Last book read: "Frankenstein," by Mary Shelley
Hobbies: Singing, acting, hanging out with friends
Haylee is a senior at Gustine High who is spending the first months of the school year in distance learning and has explained it as being very different and obviously new to her and her fellow classmates at Gustine High.
"Distance learning has definitely been a struggle for me, and I know for the rest of my classmates," said Haylee. "I am a person who needs to be in class and learn (directly) from my teacher, but I have adjusted to this all."
It helps, Haylee said, that she is able to take advantage of the open office hours each teacher has either in the morning before classes begin or afterward to ask questions about the material for that specific subject.
Haylee is active in numerous clubs at Gustine High. She is the ASB secretary, president of the Drama Club, treasurer of the Math and Physics Club and secretary of the Interact Club.
At times it is a struggle to manage all the club and school assignments, Haylee said, but she finds a way to balance those commitments.
"The biggest thing that makes all this work is time management, and just how badly you want it all to work and move along smoothly," Haylee told Mattos Newspapers.
With graduation coming soon, she has mapped out college and career plans.
"I know I want to go to a four-year school. so definitely UC Berkeley is a top school for me," Haylee mentioned. "I want to major in family law (to be) a family mediator and helping children in the system."
In that career she wants to be a voice for children and help families with their problems.
She is looking forward to returning to the traditional classroom.
"We have been inside and on a screen for too long already for school. It is becoming easier to slack off so eventually getting to an in-class setting would be great," Haylee commented. "Truthfully, I would still keep my precautions and keep my distances, but overall it would be great for school to be in class so we can have some normality."