Sonia Z. Rivera, a theater senior at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, graduated this week with her associate’s degree from Palm Beach State College.
At 17, not only is Rivera dedicated to academic excellence, she also works to improve her community. She is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the National English Honor Society, the treasurer of the Latin Hispanic Club, a member of International Thespian Society, the Anime Club and the Black Student Union.
Additionally, as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Dance Marathon Club and Los Dragones state and district competing teams, Rivera has demonstrated the ability to lead. She has more than 1,600 community service hours and is one of only two high school seniors in Palm Beach County to be graduating from Palm Beach State College.
Rivera is an artist, scholar and altruist, who plans to use her talents to help others. Her goal is to become a neurosurgeon. She has applied to various universities, including the University of Florida, Yale University, Harvard University and the University of California Berkeley. She also qualified for a Bright Futures Scholarship.