Hudson V.

Q: Class Rank?

A: 3rd

Q: Parents?

A: Carole and Michael Volpe.

Q: Future Plans?

A: Ithaca College, majoring in exercise science for pre-physical therapy.

Q: Honors & Awards?

A: High Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Scholar Athlete, Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, Elizabeth Blewer Math Award, Frank Fusco Earth Science Award, Sophomore of the Year, Junior Athlete of the Year, Senior Athlete of the Year.

Q: Activities & Sports?

A: Soccer, football, basketball, baseball, class officer, peer mentoring. 

Q: What’s your proudest achievement from high school?

A: Finishing third in my class.

Q: What will you miss most about school?

A: Getting the chance to play four sports and seeing my friends every day.

Q: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned during high school?

A: Life’s too short to be focusing and worrying about the past.

Q: What do you hope your life looks like in 10 years?

A: I hope to have the chance to travel and to have an enjoyable job while beginning to start a family.

Q: Who inspires you to do your best?

A: My parents because I always think of how they will react when I make decisions and so they inspire me to be a good person and to make smart choices. 

Q: What’s your favorite place in Avon?

A: The school turf because so many memories were made there throughout the years.

Q: If you could tell your 8th grade self one thing, what would it be?

A: Never decline an invitation. Always be making memories with your friends.

Q: What do you want people to know about what it’s like to be you?

A: Although life is constantly changing and it can be hard to manage at this age, it's a time in your life with relatively low responsibilities and lots of freedom so do what makes you happy and always be making memories.

Q: What would the title of your autobiography be?

A: “Balancing Life.” 

Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?

A: Nicholas Cage.

Q: What’s your most listened to song?

A: “Lost Highway,” by Bon Jovi. The lyrics remind me to focus on the present instead of the past and that it's OK to be uncertain about the future.

Q: How has living through a pandemic changed you?

A: It taught me to be adaptable and to be open to new opportunities.

Q: What scares you about the future?

A: If “trusting the process” will actually work out for me.

Q: What gives you hope about the future?

A: The fact that if anything happens, I will never be in it alone because people always come together when times are tough. 

Q: What’s one time you were stronger than you thought you could be?

A: When my twin brothers left for college, I figured I would be lonely and sad but instead I was happy for them and learned how to be more independent. 

Q: What advice would you give your 38-year-old self about being a good parent to a teenager?

A: Be patient and involved with my kids in any way that they need me to be.