Meet Bucky’s family member, Reyna Ayala!
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Reyna is a freshman at Beaverton. She lives with her mom, Jenny, and dad, Joel. Also, she has a sister, who is a junior and attends ISB. Both of Reyna’s parents came from lower-income families, using food stamps as their only way to have food. However, they worked really hard in school which has inspired Reyna to push herself so she can be as successful as her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Ayala met at UC Davis through academic scholarships. Reyna’s dad went to grad school at Columbia and is now an engineer. Reyna’s mom went to UC-San Francisco for Medical School and is now a Rehab doctor. Her parents made a full turn around from their poor childhood and through hard work and determination were able to get scholarships and become very successful. After realizing how her parents were raised, she learned how to be hard-working and independent with a lot of support from her family. Reyna’s mom likes the philosophy of ‘Just trusting your kids instead of putting a bunch of restrictions on them’.
Reyna was originally supposed to go to Sunset High School, however, due to the new district boundaries, she was transferred to Beaverton. Reyna knew it would be hard to say goodbye to her middle school friends that went to Sunset, but could not imagine going anywhere but Beaverton. Reyna loves high school not only for academics but also because she has been able to meet so many new people. In fact, when Reyna was a toddler she had selective mutism which meant she didn’t want to talk to anyone except for her family. She was able to overcome that obstacle and is a lot more social now. She was able to break out of her shell and is now involved with many things in and outside of school.
Reyna is on the Robotics team and is going to join the tennis team this year. Also, Reyna volunteers at OMSI every weekend to teach families complex topics. Reyna loves to hang out with her friends from Sunset and her new friends at Beaverton. She enjoys school, especially Social Studies and Lit and comp. Moreover, Reyna is following in her father’s footsteps because she likes engineering.
Although Reyna is only a freshman, she knows that she wants to do something with science in her future and possibly be a geologist. Reyna considers herself a perfectionist and definitely studies more than is necessary. With that, Reyna has already thought of what college she wants to attend. She would love to go to UC Berkeley or South Dakota School of Mines for the geology program. Reyna loves to brag about her dad going to Columbia because it shows how her parents were able to preserve through a childhood of little money.
Reyna values her family and is very proud of her family members for all of their accomplishments. One of her cousins, Katherine attends college at St Andrews in Scotland which is the third best university in the UK. Reyna is inspired by her cousin because she breaks the stereotype of being ‘nerdy’, as well as scoring a 35 on the ACT. Reyna loves to travel with her family, especially because her parents didn’t have the opportunity when they were young. The Ayala’s have traveled to London and Mexico, as well as Hood River every Fourth of July and California for Thanksgiving. Reyna hopes to someday travel to Iceland because she is really interested in geology and it is very pretty there. Reyna and her family have been able to overcome many obstacles throughout their life, and now are very successful. Reyna is very proud of her parent’s accomplishments and hopes to accomplish many great things in the future.