Kicking mediocrity

Multi-faceted academy senior stays busy


Katie Kerrigan

Goalie Andrea Granada, a senior, leads the soccer team as captain.

Abby Asimos, Editor-in-Chief

Between rigorous schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and duties as captain of the soccer team, slowing down is simply not an option for MSA senior Andrea Granada.

A poster child for the concept of overachieving, Granada, who is ranked sixth in the Class of 2020, impresses many people around her, especially when it comes to leadership skills. 

“To me, being a leader means setting an example for the rest of your team and doing whatever you can to support them,” said Andrea. “I think it’s important to relate to other people and be inclusive, especially if you’re the captain.” 

When she is not playing for the school, Andrea plays for Rush and coaches little kids through a program of theirs. 

“They don’t make them any better,” said girls soccer coach Christine Thorton. “Andrea is my go-to girl. She’s the best captain we’ve ever had.”

Andrea also astonishes with her trilingualism in English, French, and Spanish. Born in Honduras, Andrea came to the United States when she was just four years old. She still visits Honduras every summer.  

“My family is very into our Hispanic roots,” said Andrea. “I live with my mom, dad, grandma, and 10-year-old brother, and we really value family time.” 

When she’s not spending time with family or playing soccer, Andrea usually finds herself doing homework. Despite her insane schedule, Andrea maintains a 4.56-grade point average.

“I know it sounds cliche, but GPA is honestly just a number,” said Andrea. “So many people put such a big emphasis on it, but I think the true importance lies within the work you actually put forth, not your final grade.” 

Besides her apparent involvement in school and soccer, Andrea also participates in Leadership Workshop Staff, Operation Smile, and National Honor Society. 

“I don’t know how I handle everything honestly; I don’t get much sleep, but that’s okay because I’m investing my time in things I’m passionate about,” said Andrea. “I like what I do and even though I’m busy, I’m happy.”