On Wednesday, May 29th Pomona Catholic held its annual Academic and Athletic Awards ceremony to recognize middle and high school students for their extraordinary efforts during the 2018-2019 school year. This year special guest- and alumna – Elana Skeers gave the keynote address and left her peers with inspiring advice about staying motivated, doing your best and being true to yourself.
Ask any teacher at Pomona Catholic what they remember about having Elana as a student in their class and you will probably hear about her charming, charismatic personality and her incredible work ethic. Graduating with the 3rd Highest Overall GPA, Elana boasts an impressive, well-rounded academic resume. Her many accomplishments and extra-curricular activities include the following memberships: PC Ambassador Program, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, AP Capstone Scholar and the Treasurer of the Associated Student Body (ASB). She also earned a varsity letter in Track & Field and is an avid dancer outside of school.
If her resume isn’t impressive enough, Elana’s notable work and research in AP Capstone titled, Exploring the Benefits of Dance Movement Therapy on Trained Dancers has unearthed ground-breaking insight into the world of dance movement therapy and its application to professional/competitive dance studios. “As a dancer myself, I recognize the daily struggles of balancing dance, school, and physical and mental health. I look forward to discovering if dance movement therapy can aid dancers in dealing with such obstacles.” Her research and presentation were well-delivered to members of the PC faculty and staff. English and AP Capstone teacher Pamela Stith remarked, “Elana and her peers did a phenomenal job in their research projects. The ability to find a gap in research (in an area that interested them) which needed to be filled, and build a foundation to conduct their research was impressive. Elena’s topic in particular presented a major gap in research and provided her the opportunity to begin to fill the gap and perhaps inspire more research in the future.”
Turning the page to a new chapter in her life, Elana looks forward to attending the University of Washington this fall to study Applied Mathematics. Not only was Elana a legacy at Pomona Catholic, she continues another legacy started by parents Mary Hatcher-Skeers and Aaron Skeers; both of whom graduated from the University of Washington.