Future Education & Career PlansGrace plans to attend Cornell University next year to study chemical engineering and is hoping to develop medical appliances in her future career.
High School Activities & HonorsGrace has participated in several clubs and is the leader of her favorite, the science club. She has enjoyed working on many different student led activities, such as Women’s Empowerment Week and Week of Joy. Her favorite role has been director of OA (operation appreciation), where she leads her peers in covert missions that spread love throughout her school. Additionally, Grace enjoys welcoming her freshmen peers as a LINK lead and encouraging the next generation of female scientists through her work with 5th graders in the TIES program. Grace was a two year member of the volleyball team, and is currently a varsity golfer.
Hobbies & Special InterestsGrace enjoys exploring antique stores and discovering 1950's fashion. She likes to create an unique look, while helping the envirnment by recycling clothing. In addition she spends time exploring food carts, restaurants, and bistros with her friends. Grace also enjoys movies, espically Netflix orginals and attending the Portland International Film Festival.
What is Your Favorite Place to Visit in Portland and Why? "My favorite place in Portland is Powell’s bookstore. I adore Powell’s immense size and welcoming atmosphere; the store is a reader’s absolute haven.”
What Are You Most Proud of During Your High School Career? "I am most proud of what happened after being cut from volleyball. I saw my empty schedule as an opportunity to try something new - golf. At JV districts, I placed second out of thirty! That alone would have been good enough, but then something even better was added onto the experience - I was asked to play varsity!"
What is Your Favorite Rose Festival Event and Why? "I know without hesitation that my favorite event is the Grand Floral Parade. I know some may see my choice as a buy out - the Grand Floral Parade is one of the largest, flashiest parts of the Rose Festival. For me it symbolizes two things: family and the start of a passion. The chance for our family to spend a whole day together always meant a lot to me".
Unitus Community Credit Union MentorRose Halford