Miss Teen Las Vegas: Meet Andrea Salazar

Success takes hard work and dedication. Being only in her second year of high school, sophomore Andrea Salazar has accomplished many achievements. She was elected Class of 2014 Secretary for the 2012 to 2013 school year, is noted for her major school spirit, is an active member at her church, and also won Miss Teen Las Vegas 2011.

Being Miss Teen Las Vegas 2011 was an unexpected win for Salazar. She said she only joined the pageant for fun and experience, but it also gave her confidence and a great avenue to practice her for public speaking.

“I was given a fish bowl from the speaker to choose a random question. The question said ‘What was the most valuable lesson you have learned so far?’ I answered with ‘The most valuable lesson that I have learned so far was to value and give importance to education because once you have that, no one can take that away from you.’ The judges told me that that was the answer to win Miss Teen Las Vegas 2011,” Salazar said.

When it comes to her education, Salazar takes difficult courses to prepare her for her future in the medical field as a pediatrician. She loves kids and she will “be happy helping them out.”

Although they may be challenging classes, they do not interfere with her also participating in the cheer program at Sierra Vista’s Junior Varsity team.

“AP World History is hard, but has taught me to not procrastinate and to take advantage of the time given to me to learn. Cheer does not interfere with my school work and I can express my school spirit with cheering,” Salazar said.

Outside of school-related work, Salazar participates in several activities. Other than cheer and being a class officer in student council, she is also very active in DECA, NHS and Fashion Club.

“I participated in the DECA State Competition, I was inducted and sold boxes of See’s Candies lollipops and chocolates in NHS, and I went on the LA trip to FIDM for Fashion Club,” Salazar said.

She is also a very active church member at The Crossing. Every Wednesday, Salazar goes to house church and completes community service for the church, such as helping out at senior citizen homes and sorting clothes for the homeless.

“Going to church for me is fellowship and just having wonderful people that you can always count on and will lead you in the right direction,” Salazar said.

Salazar is definitely rising to be one of the most well rounded students in her sophomore class. She continues to do a tremendous job in and outside of school, and is achieving her goals, one step at a time.