ELIDA — Selena Flores, an 18-year-old senior at Elida High School, took up the sousaphone so she could accomplish her dream of dotting the “I” for the Ohio State Marching Band. It’s something her uncle did 35 years ago and it’s something she wants to do also.
“I’ve always wanted to be in the Ohio State Marching Band and since it’s all brass, I needed to find a brass instrument. My main instrument was a flute, so I just switched from the smallest to the biggest,” Flores said.
Flores will be attending the main campus in the fall and has already been accepted into the Fisher College of Business, where she plans to study accounting and finance.
“I’ve always been better at math than any other subject and it’s gonna sound weird. It’s kind of like an escape. For me. It’s just so nice and relaxing when I know how to do it. I took the Math and Money course here and it was probably my favorite class of all the maths. Math and money and figuring things out like that is so much fun,” she said.
Flores is also active in the school’s Writer’s Club.
“We meet every nearly every Tuesday after school for an hour and we use that time to either write papers we need for classes or come up with our own stories. We’re there to help each other and use that time to inspire each other and write a little bit more. It’s helped a lot with my college essay,” Flores said.
Flores appreciates the history her family has had with Elida schools.
“I think it’s just the idea of having my mom and aunt and uncle have gone here. It’s just really nice to come and know that they had all gone to Elida and they know a lot of people that I talked about because they’ve either gone to school with them or they knew them from just around Elida,” Flores added.
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