Jeneca Hoidal, 18, Lakewood High School senior

Among royalty: Was homecoming queen for her school’s royalty court last week.

Leading the way: Is student body president and this year’s slogan is “Bringing back the pride.” Believes the school is well on its way, saying this year’s welcome-back assembly was the most spirited she has seen in her time at Lakewood High School. Hopes to find ways to recognize students who have less-publicized interests this year. Another spirit barometer: more than half the seniors wore togas on toga day.

More on spirit: “Last (Wednesday), I went home to make 20 extra hula skirts” for Hawaiian-theme day.

Feeling invested: Likes leading student government and getting to interact with different people every day. Was one of several students allowed to interview and give impressions of principal candidates last spring. “That was really cool feeling like that I was a part and had a choice and that it was open to students.”

Homegrown: Has grown up near Lake Goodwin and affectionately calls herself a “Lakewood lifer,” having gone to local schools since kindergarten. “I’ve really liked it. You get to know everybody really well.”

Future: Plans to go to college and is considering a degree in physical therapy. Some folks at her school have their doubts. “My teachers swear I’m going to be a teacher. We’ll see.”

Favorite author: James Patterson.

Favorite movie: “Save The Last Dance.”

Three sports: Plays soccer and basketball and runs track for her school. Favorite sport is soccer.

Spare time: Time to herself is in short supply with student government, sports and school work, but she says when she gets it, “I like to shop for clothes, shoes, anything.”

Sophomore sibling: Drives her younger brother, Jake, to school each day. Likes to talk to him on the way. Has another brother, Jared, in the third grade.

Strings attached: Is proud of Jared for how well he plays guitar but admits it gets a little annoying when he’s playing first thing in the morning. “In the summer, as soon as he gets up, he’s playing. But I’ve got to say, it sounds really good.”

Rigorous schedule: Classes include physics, calculus, college-level English, Advanced Placement college-level government, leadership and being a teacher assistant. Favorite class is math because “it makes the most sense to me.”

Best memory: Being in the third grade and getting called out of class so she could go visit the hospital for the birth of her youngest brother. Remembers being dressed up for the occasion. “I had to wear a bow that was like bigger than my head.”

Helping hand: Works for the local chamber of commerce when she has the time.

Miss Cordiality: Believes being outgoing instills a feeling of belonging in others. “When people walk by, I like to say ‘hi’ and make a difference in their days.”

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