Sibley Senior Spotlight: Serina Vue
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Serina Vue
Posted on 05/27/2016

The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Serina Vue
Senior Serina Vue

Daughter of Chue Xiong and Bee Vue, from West St. Paul

As a four-year member of both the Henry Sibley High School choir and drama clubs, Serina Vue has had multiple moments in the spotlight. Over the past four years, Serina has participated in more than a dozen choir concerts and 11 theater productions, often in prominent roles.

Most recently, she was Frenchy from Grease. Before that she portrayed Gertrude in Cinderella, the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland and Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing. But no matter the role, Serina says she is happiest when sharing the stage with the friends she has made through her involvement with the Henry Sibley drama club.

“I love the feeling of being up on stage and becoming a different person for every show, but it's not just the roles I’ve had that made Drama so memorable for me,” said Vue. “The friends I’ve met and made through Drama are some of the most kind, accepting kids at Sibley. I have honestly been so lucky to have such a positive, supportive group of people encouraging me everyday at practice.”

Serina has also experienced great success as a member of the Henry Sibley choir, being named to the All-Metro East Conference choir during her senior year. She also serves as the student co-president of the Sibley choir program and is a member of the jazz choir.

In addition to her time in both choir and theater, Serina has also involved herself at Sibley through the Link Crew, National Honor Society, gender equality club and the ballroom dance club.

In the classroom, Serina has sought out the challenge of rigorous courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, AP U.S. History, AP Language and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Calculus AB, and AP Physics 1.

Outside of school, Serina is involved with the Hmong Culture and Language Program and In Progress – a non-profit organization that teaches youth photography, video, and music. Serina joined In Progress as a photography student, dabbling some in video production and music. She later served as an intern with In Progress and helped assist instructors in photography classes.

Serina’s future plans include attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, though she is still undecided on a field of study.

Previously, Serina attended Moreland Elementary School and Heritage Middle School.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Serina: Sibley has prepared me by providing me with difficult classes, extracurricular activities, and supportive teachers who are always willing to help me balance everything. 

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject?
My favorite class has been Advanced World Literature taught by Mr. (Glenn) Skov. This was one of the first classes that I was really interested in. I thoroughly enjoyed reading everything and learning about different cultures through our readings. Mr. Skov's passion for teaching the class made me want to learn more and continue to challenge myself. Along with helping me realize my interest in world literature, Mr. Skov has also helped me a lot in my college process, writing a college letter of recommendation for me, and giving me advice on colleges. 

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
A memory that will always stay with me will be my time in Sibley Drama. I can honestly say, without a doubt, that some of my happiest moments at Sibley have been with Drama. I will never forget the plays I've been a part of or the amazing people I have met because of Drama. 

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
Join lots of clubs and befriend people that you wouldn't normally picture yourself being friends with. And the most important thing is just to be nice. High school can be challenging, but it's the people and the things you do that can make it memorable. So try to be the person to make high school more enjoyable for others. 

Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2016:

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Max Buell
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Andy Nguyen
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Angelina Contreras
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Emma Verby
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jose Figueroa Castro
-Hannah Delmont named Henry Sibley's 2016 Athena Award winner
-Cailin McMahon recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
-Eighty-six Henry Sibley students earn AP Scholars honors
-Moog, Fischer named National Merit Semifinalists
-Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Drew Conway