Miranda Barrios is a star student and athlete at James Madison Preparatory School, where she led her volleyball team through an undefeated season all the way to their state title appearance! In addition to volleyball, Miranda also plays basketball and soccer. As the student body Vice-President, Miranda is a leader on campus. She loves math, keeps her grades high and just finished her senior project on Title IX. The youngest of four children, Miranda is very family oriented. Although her schedule stays full with her athletics and studies, she maintains a part-time job.
Q. What are your duties as the student body VP?
A. At James Madison we have three branches of government. I am the president of the Senate, and a lead part in the Executive Branch. We have a group of about ten people in the Executive Branch. As a group, we plan school events and activities such as: dances, ice cream socials and running assemblies. We also do fundraisers like: can food drive and stocking drive. As VP I am a mentor and leader. I do my best to make sure I am in touch with the student body.
Q. Can you tell us about your senior project? What drove you to choose your topic?
A. At JMPS each senior is required to present a 20 to 35 minute speech in front of the whole school. I was nervous at the beginning, but when I became clear on my topic and did more research, I became more and more passionate and empowered with the new information and was excited about sharing the information with peers. The topic was Title IV, which provided equal rights and equal opportunity to men and women. As I am in so many extracurricular activities Title IV has played an important role in my life.
Q. Where do you work? Is it difficult to balance a job with school?
A. I have worked at Joes Italian ice for about a year and half. I worked at Joe’s all throughout my Junior year, which is the hardest year academically and it was difficult. I wanted to work throughout my senior year, but I could not manage schoolwork, extra-curricular activities, applying for colleges and work. Fortunately, my work is supportive and has provided a flexible schedule.
Q. What do you do for fun, when you’re not studying or working?
A. I have very little free time, but when I do I enjoy sleeping, eating and hanging out with family and friends.
Q. Being the youngest of four, are there any lessons you’ve learned from your older siblings?
A. I have learned many things from my siblings, but the most from my oldest sister. She has taught me to be independent, confident, have self-respect and be hard-working. She has taught me to go after what I want, and believe in myself. She has done well, and has challenged me to grow to be the best I can be and has always encouraged me by reminding me who I am.
Q. What is next for you? Do you have plans after James Madison?
A. I plan to attend Mesa Community College, while attending I want to be a part of their volleyball team. After completing my two years at Mesa Community College, I want to transfer to ASU. My two interests are law and nursing.
Miranda Barrios is a senior at James Madison Preparatory School.