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Cody Soto: overachiever extraordinaire
By Kenya Barrientos
Not very often, an individual rises among the rest. This person, this overachiever, does everything and more. This person is Poth junior Cody Soto. When he isn’t busy being the vice president of his class, editor of the yearbook, or vice president of the Science Club, Cody finds time to be the volleyball girls’ No. 1 fan, a SAsports.com student columnist, and achieve the rank of Eagle Scout -- the highest award in Boy Scouts. Recently, I squeezed into his schedule and few of his free minutes to interview him.
Q: What other school activities are you involved in? Why did you get into those activities?
A: UIL, journalism, CX Debate, One-Act Play, Student Council, Beta Club, boys basketball manager, football film tech, FCCLA, and FCA. I do these activities to get involved in my school and to show that any person can be involved; they just have to apply themselves.
Q: What non-school activities are you involved in? Why did you get into those activities?
A: Boy Scouts, SAsports.com student columnist, and ACTS. They keep me busy and always on my feet. I love always having something to do!
Q: What is your favorite memory (or memories) from your activities?
A: I definitely will never forget when my volleyball girls won state this year and presented me with a gold medal. I’ve never been so surprised. Also, I’ve connected a lot more with my friends and often met new people from new places. 2011 was by far my favorite year, which included my first ACTS retreat and mission trip to Arlington.
Q: How long have you been involved in Boy Scouts?
A: I’ve been involved for nine years, ever since I signed up to be a Tiger Cub at age 7.
Q: How did you feel about becoming an Eagle Scout?
A: It’s a great sense of completion. It marks the end of my trail as a Scout, but it doesn’t end my Scouting career. Seeing my family and friends at my Eagle ceremony gave me the biggest smile of my life. So many people were there supporting me, and it showed me how special receiving the Eagle rank can be.
Q: How do you manage keeping your grades high, being involved with school activities, home life, and a social life?
A: I devote my time to doing things that matter to me. I have to work hard to make sure that everything gets done correctly, and in the end, it’s quite exhausting. However, I push myself to be the best that I can be; and every night when I go to sleep, I’m glad that I’m here to do all these things.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I love to hang out with my friends, go places, and watch lots of movies (especially scary ones), write stories, and sleep. I love to sleep!
Q: What achievement are you the most proud of?
A: Eagle Scout; it took a lot of commitment to achieve the highest rank, and being a member of an elite group that not many people are a part of is a true honor.
Q: Who in your life has supported you that you would like to thank?
A: First, I want to thank my parents for pushing me and giving me my morals. Second, I want to thank Ray Godfrey, Scoutmaster of Troop 222, for keeping me in Scouts when I was on the verge of quitting. His addiction to Scouts is inspiring. Lastly, I want to thank my friends. They’ve made me such a happy person and always supported me in everything I do. They’re the reason I go to school and participate in so much.”
Umm ... wow. I think I speak for everyone who has ever met Cody and seen his passion for the things he does when I say that we expect more great things from him. And he, being who he is, will not let us down.
Kenya Barrientos, a junior at Poth High School, is the daughter of Carlos and Veronica Barrientos. She is a member of FCCLA, and participates in UIL events, including social studies, current events, and literary criticism. In addition, Kenya is the editor of The Spyglass, her school newspaper. She hopes to pursue journalism or culinary arts in college; however, she hasn’t ruled out becoming a high school English teacher.
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