05.20.2021

High School Spotlight: Julianna Longhenry

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Julianna’s interests in environmental causes, social justice, and music have led her to participate in many activities. She has enjoyed leadership positions in Scouts BSA, where she has led groups in various outdoor skills activities combined with support for a local free diner for her Eagle project. She has participated in the National Children’s Chorus (NCC) since fourth grade and will graduate from the program after singing with the most advanced ensemble in the chorus for the past three years. In addition to vocal ensemble performance opportunities, her time with the NCC has included music theory, composition, and conducting instruction, as well as opportunities to sing with other groups, including the LA Master Chorale and Tonality, a local social justice-driven chorus. She has also sung with and performed as a soloist for the Commonwealth Community Chorus, a local social justice-driven children’s chorus.

While enrolled with iLEAD for the past six years, Julianna has been able to explore her passions in an academic setting. She has been able to take advantage of concurrent enrollment at West LA College, where she has majored in sociology and will complete an AA shortly after her graduation from iLEAD. The flexible schedule in hybrid homeschooling has at times allowed her to work with children in casual babysitting as well as professional teacher’s aide environments. Julianna has enjoyed participating in the Associated Student Body (most recently serving as regional president), the Creative Writing Club, and the National Honor Society.

Julianna will further develop her interests as she heads off to Beloit College this fall. She has been awarded a music scholarship and plans to sing in at least one campus choir. She has been awarded merit aid and will participate as a Human Rights & Social Justice Fellow (including opportunities for undergraduate research and study abroad) while completing her BA in sociology.

Congratulations, Julianna, for all you have accomplished. We are proud of you and thankful to have been able to be a part of your journey at iLEAD.

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