Youngest Incoming Freshman, at 3’7 and 6 Years Old
by Gabriel Vara
The freshmen seem to get younger and shorter every year, but 2019 is going to see Northside College Prep’s first six-year-old. Cutting straight from kindergarten to freshman year, six-year-old Emma Delilah Vara is going to be a proud member of the Class of 2022.
Starting out with Pre-K at Carl Von Linne Elementary in Avondale, Vara tore through her classwork. Her excellence showed early; while other kids tried to eat toy blocks, Vara designed skyscrapers with them. Vara learned alarmingly fast, memorizing all of her times tables the same week they were introduced. Because of Vara, Von Linne was forced to create an academic center style program, in which she was the only student. The accelerated pace made no difference to Vara, as she then requested to be moved up to higher grade levels. Entering kindergarten already proficient at six-digit multiplication and fluent in Shakespearean English, Vara cruised through her classes with no trouble at all. Deciding to take summer courses as well, Vara moved up and up from first to eighth grade.
Her entire elementary school career was a blur, and middle school at William Howard Taft seemed like less of a challenge. She seemed to thrive in the competitive nature of the academic center, and despite struggling slightly, still aced her classes. Using early action, Vara was accepted, and now plans to attend Northside College Prep as a member of the Class of 2022.
As all freshmen do, Vara plans to take unnecessary rigorous courses, including Honors Trigonometry, where she hopes to “literally only raise [her] hand so other people know [she’s] a freshman in Trig.” Other than that, she plans on taking typical freshman courses, such as World Studies and Spanish I. P. E. was a touchy subject, as Vara could not qualify for the waiver, but also does not want to play basketball against people triple her size. After meeting with her counselor, special accommodations were mentioned, including a lowered shelf on her locker and several heightened seats to be able to see the board. Vara knows it will be a struggle to fit in, but that does not bring her down. “I joined track and field and got into an architecture program, so I have a lot of friends,” Vara said. It seems like she already has a jumpstart on her high school experience.
To all underclassmen, be sure to give a warm welcome and get ready to read the “Meet the Freshman” for six-year-old Emma Vara next year.