2014 Senior Profiles

THE UNDERDOG
Releasing his inner beast, Logan Moragne releases the control football has had on his life

What is your earliest football memory?
“When I was six and I got my first chance to get in the game. I had to tackle the biggest kid on the field. He ran me over, he like stepped on me. I was probably the smallest kid on the team. “

How has football affected your high school experience?
“It’s made it pretty enjoyable. And it’s taken a lot stress off my shoulders. Letting me do what I like to do but it takes a good portion of my time. Football takes more than half my time day, probably 18 hours of it. In the summers, we wake up at 5:30 am and don’t get out until 12 pm, if we’re lucky. During the school year the day starts around 8 am and we don’t leave the school until 7 or 7:30pm.”

How has it been to balance academics and a social life with being on the football team?
“I mean football kind of takes cares of the social life. You’re known as the ‘football player’ around the school. But with grades, if you don’t get your sleep at home, you’re going to wind up in class asleep. You have to really balance all that out.”

What’s been your greatest or most defining moment of your football career?
“This year when we beat Fayetteville in the first round of the playoffs. It was one of the best feelings I had ever had because it was our first playoff in over nine years. To beat the back to back state champs in the first round when everyone had pictured us to loose, it felt pretty great.”

ARTSY FARTSY
Art allows Zoe Allred to stay focused on school and have an outlet to express herself

When did you start doing art?
“It’s always just been something I’ve done. Some people really like to do sports to release stress and my way is through painting. I thought about going to Parkview, but all of my friends were going to Central. I’m really glad I came here instead. Our art program is great and all of the teachers have helped me a lot. I started taking art classes here and I really wanted to do well so I think that helped a lot. I saw all of these people who were so good and so talented and I was like I’m going to try and get there someday. I think Central is one of the main reasons I am where I am.”

What challenges have you challenged through art?
“It’s not like I have to choose between art and academics exactly. It’s almost like if I get stuck on my math homework or if I get tired of writing an essay I can take a break from it and go work on painting. It cleanses my frustration from one class. Art helps create the balance for me. I’m not the kind of person who can just do math for two hours straight. I have to take breaks. I’m more of a jump around to each class kind of person.”

Do you have a piece that you’re most fond of?
“I have this one that I did in seventh grade. It’s not that great now but when I did it I was so proud of it. I had to job shadow and I had nothing to do because I was at the Container Store. I drew this when you crack an egg and the yolk comes out really shiny in oil pastel. I still have it and won an award for it. It showed how far I had come from the year before.”

How else has art influenced your high school experience?
“It has definitely helped me make a lot of really close friends. Other than stress relief it helps me realize that if I can do something in a painting that I wasn’t able to do, then I can do the same in any other class. I know I can set the bar higher. I can always translate a painting or something to any other school work I’m doing too.”

THE PRODIGY
Playing cello for the Arkansas Youth Symphony Orchestra, Will Richardson culminates musical expertise with academic success

How do you define your role within the school?
“I kind of define myself as a serious student and a serious leader in orchestra. Our orchestra is still kind of up-and-coming kind of still developing with new students and talent so I see myself as a proponent of that while staying committed to music as well as academics. I try to do the most I can for the school in academics whether through standardized testing, AP testing, or just doing well in classes in general. I just try to be a leader in the classroom.”

Do you see yourself going past the point you’re at now with orchestra?
“Definitely. I would try to double major in music and chemical engineering, but the two degree plans are so rigorous that I am probably just going to minor in music. I’m already in the orchestra at the University of Arkansas and I have a scholarship with them.”

Do you feel like the schoolwork to get all A’s is monotonous now or is it still enriching?
“Some classes seem to be a waste of time and not beneficial whereas others prepare you for the AP exam and studying really hard in them can get you the best grades. My Calculus BC class this year with Ms. Vaught has been really good. She encourages individual studying and everything’s so heavily weighted on tests that you really do have to try hard. Also, I’ve had Mr. Foley for three years for Physics and his class has always been really interesting. He encourages outside of class exploration within the physical world and different topics. Mr. West as an AP U.S. History teacher always made it a point to include current event topics in our discussions in addition to giving us a good U.S. History background and really detailed information.”

Are there any other teachers who have made a big impact on you?
“Dr. Maris always made learning really fun. I think she could make almost anyone like chemistry. If I were to be a teacher it would be because of her. She makes teaching seem really rewarding and fun, and she puts in more effort than almost any other teacher I’ve ever had.”

What would you leave as your legacy here?
“Whatever you’re passionate about, give 110-percent to that and just do what you love to its fullest extent. Take advantage of what you can get for free now instead of slacking off. Build a brighter future for yourself.”

THE QUADS
Always seen as one, Michael, Leslie, Ashley, and Katherine Carter show their individuality

Names are denoted by First initial

What is it like being in this huge school while having three other people you know so well while trying to separate yourselves?
K: “It’s interesting. There’s a pretty large chance you’re going to have a class with one of your siblings, probably more than one, but you can also get involved in your own different activity as well, so.”
L: “It’s normal to us. We’ve grown up having all of us in the same everything and everyone’s like oh you’re a quadruplet woah that’s so crazy. But I mean we all try to go with being our own person even though we’re still siblings.”

How would you describe your personality in one word or phrase?
L: “Ashley’s definitely sassy.”
K: “Yeah I would have to agree.”
L: “I’m more go with the flow probably.”
A: “That’s debatable.”
K: “I’m pretty reserved but I can have fun too.”
M: “I’m caring and pretty laid back.”

What activities do you guys do to differentiate yourselves?
M: “I love sports, Katherine likes reading and writing, Ashley is really into music, and Leslie doesn’t really have any hobbies.”
K: “Well I’m involved in newspaper and I did art every year except this year.”
L: “I did drama until this year since I decided not to and I do internship.”
A: “I did drama for two years and now I’m in choir.”

What different careers do you guys want to go into?
K: “I really want to write whether journalism or something else. A novel would be really fun.”
L: “I’m looking more into broadcast journalism or hospitality event planning.”
A: “I would love to do something with music, but that’s a really competitive field so I’m also interested in psychology.”
M: “I’m looking into business or ministry.”

Is there any ESP?
K: “Yeah we cheat on tests. No not really.”

What are your similarities that draw y’all together?
L: “We’re all pretty involved in our youth group.”
M: “We watch a lot of the same movies.”
A: “Out of all four of us I think Leslie and I are the most similar.”
K: “Ashley and I are like night and day.”
A: “Complete opposites. It’s funny.”

Do you guys act differently together at home and at school?
K: “Sometimes if I had a class with Michael, I wouldn’t even acknowledge that he was in the classroom.”
A: “I do that in the hall to him. He’ll say hi and I’ll just glare.”
L: “We’re more friendly at home.”
K: “Sometimes I don’t even tell people we’re related unless they ask.”
M: “Yeah they don’t like me at school for some reason.”

Socially do you guys ever feel like you’re obligated to be together?
A: “I try to be as individual as possible. Our whole life we’re always generalized as the quads not as our own individual names.”
K: “We still all have pretty similar friends, at least the three of us (girls) anyway, Michael’s on his own.”

What’s it like sharing a car?
K: “For school I normally drive to school and Michael usually drives home. Leslie just kind of drives whenever she feels like it.”
M: “I would have to say Katherine and I are the best drivers. I drive faster though.”
A: “Well Michael thinks he is, but I feel like he’s overconfident and Katherine’s under confident. Apparently our car’s famous in the lot too.”

Ashley, do you feel like you and Michael butt heads the most?
L: “Yes.”
K: “They both have very distinct personalities.”
A: “I’m a very honest person. You guys are getting the real information from me. Michael’s going to sugar coat it.”
M: “We do, but I love them all the same. I like messing with my sisters and she usually doesn’t like that.”
TEAM PLAYER
After successful years of playing basketball, Jasmine Cashaw signs to play in college

What made you decide to sign with Ouachita Baptist University?
“It’s very close and I love their dorms. They’re pretty clean. They have kinesiology, which is what I want to major in. I like the plays their basketball team runs and where they have me playing when I go. I play the post here and they have me playing the three spot so it will be different.”

How do you feel about the boys’ basketball team?
“I think we could beat them if we played each other. They need some work but they’re okay. We play as a team, but they have more individual players, whereas we come together as one.”

What do you think has been the greatest moment in basketball for you?
“Last year when we won conference and made it all the way. We weren’t that good before but we put in a lot of work and went pretty far. We were all just so happy. I just played for the team.”

How has this sport affected your high school life?
“I know a lot of people from playing sports. I play all the time so it’s kind of like my main focus. School and basketball have been my main focuses for all of my life, so if I’m not doing my homework I’m playing basketball or the other way around.”

If you were to redo high school without basketball, how would it have changed your experience?
“It would be a loss. If I didn’t play basketball I would be miserable. It’s so fun. It keeps me busy and active. I’d probably be really lazy if I didn’t play.”

WELL ROUNDED
From acting to debating to getting into Yale, Alex Zhang is one of Central’s most interesting people

If I were to ask you what you did in high school, what would you say?
“First and foremost I consider myself a debater. I am on the debate team and I have been for several years. I spend a lot of my time, actually, after school, at lunch, and in class helping people out with debate. Over the years I’ve switched over to the humanities side from the science side. I used to be really involved with robotics club and science fair, but I stopped finding a purpose in that. I started finding a lot more purpose in English and history and stuff like that.”

What about your photography?
“It’s kind of a shallow answer. A girl I had a crush on, her dad was a photographer, so I was like man, I should become a photographer. And my first girlfriend’s dad was as well. What truly got me into it was this strange way to show a part of me that I couldn’t ever show through school. I would take the worst pictures every. The photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson said ‘the first 10,000 photographs you take are your worst,’ and I think that was certainly true for me. I took so many photographs that it became a part of me. I started seeing things in terms of photography. Like everywhere I walked I thought about it. So I started into street photography and now I’ve moved into portrait photography. I’ve done some senior portrait photography for people. I try not to charge money for it because I feel like money kind of robs me of the art of it. I’ve kind of gotten into conceptual photography, I’m working on a series called escape where it’s like a series of levitation photography without Photoshop to make that effect.”

How have you been able to balance your academics with all of these hobbies?
“I wish I knew. I think a lot of it comes down to that I’ll work in intense academic periods sort of, and then I’ll be like alright, I’m going to chill out for a bit.”

Is there anything you would like to leave as a legacy for Central?
“I think people are so caught up with getting out of high school that they kind of just forget to live in the moment. People stress out way too much about things that don’t matter to them. I know high school is a process of finding out what matters to you, but I really hope people find their ways somehow. I also want people to know that teachers are people too. Throughout my four years the thing that I’ve learned the most is that teachers are very human and if you treat them as your friend, they’ll be your friend.”

What is the future of Alex Zhang, where do you see yourself?
“I see myself being happy. The things I would like to do the most: I’d like to be a film director, the editor of some big newspaper or magazine, or somewhat involved with theater, professional photography maybe. I’ll probably end up as some lawyer or analyst or maybe the President of the United States. You know, no big deal.”

THE ALLSTAR
Softball is one of the three sports that Kimberly Watkins has played during her time at Central

When did you start playing softball and why?
“Sophomore year here. I wasn’t playing basketball at the time, I was like why not give it a try.”

How did you really get started into playing?
“I’ve always liked sports in general. I used to play at Hillcrest, I mean it’s nothing intense just like playing around. My brother always played basketball so he got me into that.”

What about wrestling?
“This year was my first year. Over the summer I got into mixed martial arts for a little bit. I talked to Tyler Mann about it and he told me to give it a shot. It’s intense.”

What challenges have you faced through your sports?
“Wrestling has definitely made me appreciate food a lot more because I have to cut weight. Sophomore year I got hit in the head in softball playing third base.”

What has been your greatest moment?
“Sophomore year in softball we were playing in a tournament. We ended up in the final down two runs and it was the last inning. We had two outs and I was up to bat. I hit a line drag all the way down third base. I got two people in and it got me on second. We ended up winning and getting first place.”

What makes you push on and not want to quit?
“Even if it gets hard, I’m just going to get better. That’s the point of it.”

How has playing sports affected your high school experience and you overall?
“Playing is what has gotten me through the day at school. I always look forward to practices and games. It’s helped me gain sportsmanship and learn how to work together.”

If you had to do high school over again, would you change anything?
“I’d play football. I love it.”

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