Hope DeCuir has a philosophy she uses when she acts and writes.
“Be able to connect with people to show them the truth. Whether they want to acknowledge it or not. Just take people away from life, whether it’s to let them take a breather, or let them know what’s really going on and better understand themselves,” the Vallivue High School senior said.
She has used that philosophy as a four-year member of drama club, theater and choir at Vallivue. She said her love of music, started by watching her church choir at the age of 9, was later put into drama and she stuck with it.
“I love portraying things and showing humanity,” DeCuir said. The senior, who boasts a 4.1 GPA could not pick a favorite performance, but said her favorite part about theater is watching her peers grow throughout production.
She is in the top 10 of her graduating class and has racked up about 12 college credits in high school.
DeCuir plans to major in elementary education and minor in creative writing, Asian studies and teaching English as a second language at The College of Idaho after graduation.
After college DeCuir plans to publish a few novels, plays or screenplays as well as teach English overseas, likely in Japan.
What is your favorite high school memory?
“At the end of last year, the actors ensemble went to a teacher’s improv show and then to a friend’s house for a bonfire. We took an old couch that was unusable in the drama department to the fire to burn.”
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
“Not being able to stop and enjoy high school for what it is, and not thinking about what’s to come and enjoying it for what it is.”
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
“Pay for my sister’s college, pay off the house for my parents and I probably couldn’t do a third — I’d save it for a rainy day.”
If you could give a piece of advice to someone your age, what would it be?
“You’re beautiful no matter what society tells you.”