One on One with APS Students: Selina and Zakary

Selina - CopyAurora Public Schools is filled with amazing students who are role models to their peers, families and community members. Periodically, we like to catch up with our students to discover interesting facts and tidbits about them.

Selina, Aurora Quest K-8 Third-Grade Student

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a scientist who studies nature, an astronomer or astronaut, or a physician. I’ve loved science since I was six years old.

What plan do you have in place to reach these goals? I plan to study hard and not let my friends distract me. It’s difficult when you’re trying to learn while sitting right next to a friend.

Do you want to go to college? Yes. I’ve been saving up since I was in kindergarten. When I get to study science all of the time in college, I’m going to LOOOVE that!

Who inspires you? My teachers and people from history like Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. It’s all science for me! It’s inspiring how they persevered whenever something challenging happened to them.

What advice would you give someone younger than you? Never give up. Don’t let fear hurt you and make you want to stop trying.

Zakary - CopyZakary, Aurora Quest K-8 Eighth-Grade Student

What career are you interested in? Mechanical engineering. This class at Pickens I’m taking introduced
me to the mechanical side of things, how things work electronically and how to build things. It broadened my horizons on engineering.

Do you believe it’s important to have a plan for the future? Yes. A plan provides an outline for you. If you don’t have a plan, you might not know what steps to take next.

Who inspires you? My parents. We’re not originally from the U.S. We’re from Morocco. Thinking about them coming to the U.S. and building a sustainable life for our family inspires me not to waste any opportunities I’m given. I’m grateful for the sacrifices my parents made and hope to be more like

What advice would you offer others? Never take your parents for granted. They work so hard every day just to get food on the table and try to give you the best life you could possibly have. Make sure to thank your parents for that.

Aurora Quest K-8 Recognized as One of the Best in State

CDE Awards - CopyCongratulations to Aurora Quest K-8 for earning the Colorado Department of Education John Irwin Schools of Excellence award. The award, which Quest has won several times in the past, honors the school for exceeding expectations on the academic achievement indicator.

CDE also presented the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award to Quest for exceeding expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and academic growth gaps.

Bravo to Quest students, staff, parents and community members for collectively making the school phenomenal.