Choctaw’s Briza Interiano – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

 

 

Recent Choctaw graduate Briza Interiano has dedicated her time to many activities throughout her high school years, including competitive drama, student council, sign language club, youth leadership exchange, and actors anonymous. Interiano explained each of her involvements and what they mean to her.

“Competitive drama is a all year drama program, where we compete in One-Act play, OSSAA speech and debate, National Speech and Debate, and perform musicals. This program has taught me to be outgoing, how to speak in public, and how to be a good leader. I have spent the past four years here and countless hours dedicating my time to this program.”

“Student Council is a class at CHS where we try to include all clubs, and organizations. We implement many activities such as homecoming week, our philanthropy week, ‘Gold Rush,’ Suicide Awareness Week, send-off for sports and the arts as they compete, and many more. Our goal as a council is to make everyone feel welcomed and not to make anyone at CHS less important. This class has shown me many ways to be a leader.”

“A couple of my friends and I thought it was important to have a American Sign Language club because at Choctaw High there are not any languages to learn other than Spanish, because of the lack of public funding and the low wages teachers receive in Oklahoma. Seeing the difficulties that my friend goes through everyday with being 70% hard of hearing, I felt the need to learn and advocate for her and others.”

“Youth Leadership Exchange is a nonprofit program that helps youth bring their community together and engage the youth to become better leaders in our world.”

“Actors Anonymous is a club that supports the arts across Oklahoma and also does community service. I have been in the club the past three years and I have the honor to be the president. Actors Anonymous goes to the food bank every year, cleans up trash around Choctaw, raises money for nonprofits such as City Rescue Mission shelter and Race for the Cure foundation.”

Interiano has had to grow up more quickly than most of her peers, after losing her mother due to a heart attack and having to go into the foster care system. She strives to do what would make her mom proud by focusing on her studies and being involved in school.

“A quote that I live by is, ‘You’re beautiful, you’re one of a kind, smile more.’ I say that to myself every morning,” she said.

Interiano plans now are to attend Oklahoma State University to receive a bachelors degree in Spanish and a minor in Law and Legal Studies, then go to Oklahoma City Law School to become an attorney.