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Senior Spotlight: Elena Valdovinos

Sarah Harrington
Lincoln senior Elena Valdovinos will be attending Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in musical theater, which has been a longtime dream of hers.

Who is your favorite musical artist at the moment and why? 

I can’t pick just one top musical artist, but some of my current favorites are Faye Webster, Julia Jacklin and The Smiths. All I can say is that they match the summery, transitional vibe of this year.

Who is someone you look to for inspiration? 

I think my friends are my biggest inspiration. I’m surrounded by some of the most insanely talented, kind and supportive kids I know, and I am forever grateful. Whenever I want to be inspired, all I have to do is look around my theater community. They have given me so much pride and happiness. I also look to Sutton Foster for inspiration because she’s an icon and one of the best comedic actors of all time, in my tiny opinion. I just saw her in Sweeney Todd on Broadway and it was life-changing.

What class has been your favorite at Lincoln? 

My favorite class has been IB Theater because it never fails to keep me entertained. It’s a great privilege to be able to go to a class for a topic that I am actually interested in and passionate about. It has been a comfort class for me throughout my time at Lincoln.

What has been your favorite memory from senior year so far? 

Senior year has been so busy and full of memories. The fall musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” will always be one of my favorite memories. It’s the goofiest, weirdest show ever, but it was such a fun and wild experience, and we got to make so many people laugh. I have also spent almost the entire year auditioning for college musical theater programs. I did a lot of traveling because of it, and I think going out to New York City for auditions was another life-long memory. 

What is one thing that you are passionate about? 

I think it’s pretty obvious, but I’m passionate about storytelling and theater. I’m passionate about inspiring little kids to follow their dreams and pursue careers in the arts. I’ve performed in a couple productions at Northwest Children’s Theater, and it’s been so rewarding to see the effect theater has on kids’ lives.

What are you looking forward to for the rest of the year?

I am definitely looking forward to all the fun end-of-year events and banquets. I think this month will be filled with a lot of great memories before graduation.

Is there any advice you would like to give to underclassmen?

My advice for underclassmen is to try everything. Find what sticks, what you’re truly passionate about, and then build your community and your involvement from there.

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Keira is a senior this year. She is excited to continue writing more sports articles and to train the new visuals editor. Contact by emailing [email protected] and put the reporter's name in the subject line.

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