Teen of the Week: Marietta senior busy in the classroom, community, stage

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Aura Bruce hopes to be an actress someday, but just in case things don’t go that route, she has a back-up plan. At 17, this Marietta High School senior is positivity personified and already active at her high school, the Washington County Career Center, Washington State Community College and Mid-Ohio Valley Players’ Theater.

When she isn’t hanging out with her mom, two brothers or three cats, she can just as easily be found leading tours at the career center or working on sets at MOVP when she isn’t acting on stage. She’s enrolled in the Medical College Prep program at the Career Center and is in her third year taking dual credit courses at Washington State. She’s also a Marquette at Marietta High School, following in the footsteps of her mom who was a Marquette when she went to MHS.

Question: How did you get involved with MOVP?

Answer: I’ve loved acting since I was little. I watched one of their shows — I think I was 5 years old — and it was a parody of Cinderella. I loved it and from then I knew I wanted to be on stage. I moved to Texas but when we moved back to this area I started doing shows with them. I perform in kids shows and adult shows, and I’m in their upcoming show The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Q: What program are you enrolled in at the Career Center?

A: I’m in the Medical College Prep program and in that program I will graduate with a state tested nursing assistant license. I would love to be a professional actress, but that can be risky, so I have a back-up plan — music therapy. I sing and play the piano, so the music therapy brings together music and health care.

Q: What volunteering do you do in the community?

A: I’ve been active in Upward Bound and through that I’ve volunteered at the Humane Society of the Mid-Ohio Valley, helped organize the library at the Ely Chapman Education Center, helped out at the Marietta Recycling Center and visited The Arbors where we made cards for the people there.

Q: How long have you been going to Washington State?

A: I love Washington State – I’m in my third year there. Right now I’m taking biology and speech.

Q: How did you get involved with Bridges to Careers?

A: Through Upward Bound I was going through a mock interview and one of my interviews was with Tonya Davis at Bridges to Careers. She was so impressed, she asked if I would be a liason for her at the Career Center. I help get the word out about the job shadowing program, I help students fill out their packets and collect them, and I help Tonya make presentations to some of the classes.

Q: What benefits do you get from volunteering and working in the community?

A: It’s so important, you need to show people you care … things need to get done! It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.

This interview was conducted by Jennifer Houtman. If you would like to nominate an outstanding teen for Teen of the Week, email contact information to news@mariettatimes.com.

Aura Bruce

Age: 17

School: Marietta High School, Washington County Career Center, Washington State Community College

Year: Senior

Residence: Marietta

Family: Mom April, younger brothers Chaden and Ryder

Favorite food: Chinese

Favorite music: Anything from a musical

Future plans: To be a professional actress or music therapist

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