BRISTOL – For her post-graduation plans, Molyna Tep will be heading to Drexel University in Philadelphia to major in interactive digital media.
The daughter of Lillie and Sivhuot Tep, she is salutatorian for Bristol Eastern High School’s Class of 2019.
Molyna hopes to go into the field of user experience (UX) design or user interface (UI) design, which she explained involves designing websites, apps, etc. to make them easier to use.
She said she was inspired to go into this field of study by her cousin, who lives in Philadelphia and works in UX design.
“I like the creative aspect of it,” she said. “My cousin has always told me ‘you should do a creative thing because you like art and stuff,’ but I didn’t want to just to do straight art, because I wanted to develop other skill sets.”
She credits her art teachers John Morfis and Sharon Williams for influencing her to develop her creative side, “and not go into something purely for money reasons.”
During her high school years, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and took AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, AP English Language, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Art, and UConn Physics.
As a volunteer with the Leo Club, which is a junior division of the Lions Club, she helped plan Valentine’s parties for kids, do crafts with the elderly, run food drives and more.
She played soccer for three years and has also been helping to build the rain garden, planned by BEHS valedictorian Taylor Domingue, to filter the school parking lot runoff pollution that goes into a nearby brook.
“I also volunteer at CPR Dogs, which is a dog rescue in Southbury,” she said. “Every weekend they bring dogs to pet stores to help them find a home, so I’ll go when it’s in Plainville or Southington.”
In addition, Tep helps out at the soup kitchen and food pantry at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or email@example.com.