Derek Walsh

10 Qs with Danielle Dodd

  1. Why do you think you were nominated for prom queen?

“Well, it all began… Nah, I think that as renowned goes in this school I have made some kind of a name in this school by being involved. I help a lot of teachers and probably I was number 26 and a teacher vote bumped me up a vote.”


  1. What does the title of prom queen mean to you?  

“Not very much. It just means somebody who gets to wear a crown. I’m sorry I don’t hold a lot of station titles and especially high school titles which is why I never ran for anything. I mean but there is some cultural phenomenon about prom queens. It’s like every high school movie is about it. Every high school TV show is about it. It’s sort of this celebrity worship. You know everyone wants to be prom queen deep in their heart of hearts, even me. You can’t really say that the title means nothing.”


  1. What is your favorite and least favorite part of being nominated?

“My favorite part of being nominated is all the press obviously. It’s just like all of my friends were nominated for prom court so it’s just kind of like ‘ah, yes it is finally my turn.’ My least favorite part is how they’re not giving us free prom tickets.”


  1. What are you involved in?

“I’m part of theatre, scholar bowl, LTAB, I used to be a part of GSA. I’m a part of Key club but I do a lot of favors for clubs when they need to use the main stage. Like I do a lot of stuff for choir and I do a lot of stuff for band and orchestra.”

  1. What are your plans for after high school?

“I will be attending the University of Carolina School of the Arts and I will be studying light design.”


  1. What is your advice to underclassmen?

“Get involved. If you are involved and you are at school the whole thing becomes so much more bearable, becomes more worth your time, than if you’re just like there to do work essentially and mind your own business.”

  1. What has been the most important thing you’ve learned about high school?

“The most important thing I’ve learned in high school is the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. [laughs]  I learned to trust in myself. I learned to jump through hoops. I learned that sometimes in life we have things that we don’t want to do but have to do anyway to succeed.”

  1. Is there anything else you’d like to add?


  1. What is it like to know that your graduation in less than 20 school days?

“It’s a buck wild field.”


  1. If you can change anything that you’ve done in high school what would you do?

“I wouldn’t change anything you know you learn from your past mistakes.”

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