The Student Spotlight Organization Proudly Presents… Alexis Tucker!

Kelly Zhang (12th), Reporter

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As the end of the school year approaches, over 400 students in Pitman High School’s halls are not only figuring out their final semester grades, but planning out what they will do once they finally leave behind the campus they’ve learned in and lived in for the last four years.

This round, the Student Spotlight is illuminating one of those very students, Alexis Tucker! Currently, she’s a senior spending her last month before graduation arranging flowers in the school’s Floral Design class, working at Downtown Turlock’s Greenery Nursery, and playing in Pitman High’s Wind Ensemble, the premier band on campus. Next year, she will be attending Modesto Junior College as a freshman with a plan.

After Mr. Farhadian graciously allowed me to pull her out of class for a few minutes, I greeted and asked Alexis for some more details:

 

Kelly: So what instrument do you play in band?

Alexis: The clarinet.

Kelly: What’s your favorite thing about the clarinet?

Alexis: It has a lot of strange ranges and it’s fun and kind of challenging to play.

K: Okay! What do you like most about being in band?

A: That we get to make music together! And have fun as a group.

K: Do you plan on staying in music after you graduate?

A: Yes.

K: Okay, how?

A: Well, I’m going to be part of the Concert Band and hopefully move up to the Symphonic Band at MJC, and I’ll probably play in a few community bands.

K: And you’re a Floral student, right?

A: Yes.
K: What is it like being in FFA?

A: It is really… it’s kind of wild. There’s a lot of stuff happening all the time and you’re kind of expected to go along with it, which is fun! It’s kind of like a rush of, “Hey, let’s go do a bunch of stuff right now.” And it’s like, “Yeah! Let’s do it!”

K: Ha, okay! So what kinds of things do you usually do in Floral?

A: We make a lot of arrangements for holidays and stuff. Corsages and boutonnieres for special occasions. People from outside the school come and order things from us for funerals and weddings so we make a lot of the arrangements for those.

K: What are you learning in class right now? Like in Floral.

A: We are learning about the history of floral design and kind of the difference between arrangements in, say, the Greek period compared to the Middle Ages.

K: That’s really interesting! So, I heard you were taking commissions for corsages and boutonnieres for prom. What was that like?

A: That was kind of crazy. I didn’t make a lot of profit because my goal was mainly to provide people with a cheap source. But it was a lot of hard work that went into it, and it was something that if you’re not determined to do it, you’re probably not going to make it through that.

K: Did you get a lot of commissions?

A: I did. I got a total of, I think, eleven commissions, which is a lot for doing that much.

K: Is it like a corsage and boutonniere set each?

A: Most people got a corsage and boutonniere set. Three people ended up just getting corsages.

K: Are you planning on continuing floral design after you graduate?

A: I’m continuing an aspect of it! I want to grow flowers and be a part of the industry in that way. And so I’m continuing on as a Horticulture major.

 

Unfortunately, Alexis had to return to her Government class to rescue a partner from the terrible burden of working alone. In the midst of all her varied and demanding activities, it’s clear that Alexis Tucker is among those students who are smart, determined, and eager to succeed.

The Roaring Times was grateful and honored to be able to interview her, and we wish Alexis Tucker the best!

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