Homecoming week at Spanish Springs High School is an exciting time for high school students. For senior Sidney Sinclair, it means less sleep, a packed schedule, several hours spent decorating and a few hours in front of the mirror making sure her costume for each spirit day is perfect.
Sinclair is used to being a memorable face in the crowd of Spanish Springs High students. Being involved in her school is something she strives for and has helped her obtain positions like student body president, president of the Interact Club, tennis team captain and All-State honors in softball. She was key in developing the school’s Haunted Homecoming theme and said she has no problem spending her whole week at the school planning and participating in activities.
“I feel like high school goes so fast and I get excited about it because I get a lot of opportunities from it,” Sinclair said. “I would tell those who don’t know if they want to be involved, just try one activity at our school then they will realize how much fun the rest of it is.”
Sinclair said her “get to” attitude, as opposed to a “have to” attitude, can be attributed to her time spent at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp, which she attended during the summer. She admits that juggling classes, sports and planning committees can be stressful and difficult, but she said it all depends on how you look at it.
“I know I can handle everything now, even when I am stressed out, because it is all for my future and I am going to get through it even though it does take a toll sometimes,” she said. “I wear a white band every day to have that white belt attitude. I can learn new things every single day and get new ideas. I have a ‘get to’ attitude instead of a ‘have to’ attitude. So I get to do all of this stuff and some kids may not be able to. That’s why I get involved with everything because I have this opportunity in front of me why not take it.”
Sinclair said RYLA has played a major role in her life and has opened up great opportunities as well. She said she recently completed her application for Rotary’s Exchange Program which, if accepted, would send her abroad for a second senior year. Her family is currently hosting an exchange student from Denmark.
Sinclair said she has had the opportunity to travel to other countries with her family and said she would jump at the chance to delve into another country for an extended time period.
“I think going into a different culture is so amazing. You have the opportunity to become bilingual in a very short time and you are able to see how they live,” she said. “I am very fortunate here, so if I was to go to a different country it might be a complete opposite situation for me, and I would be able to live through that and change my perspective of things.”
Sinclair said Italy is her first choice if she is accepted to the exchange program and, upon finishing and returning to her hometown, she would attend an out-of-state college. She said Oregon, California and Ohio are possible targets for college, and Canada would be another possibility if she decides to travel.
She plans to study Communications and would someday like to be a public relations director. She said her passion for communication has largely come through her school involvement.
“I think Leadership has had a lot to do with (the desire to work in public relations) because I love talking and planning and I have run three assemblies here,” she said. “I love being able to cheer on my peers and lead meetings whenever I can so I think communications will be a good fit for me.”