LHS Top 10 – 8. Ashley Cortes

Get to know Number 8 Ashley Cortes as she reflects on her high school experience


Senior Ashley Cortes takes a picture with Emily McGee and Ashley Aragon while dressing up for overall day. Photo courtesy of Ashley Cortes.


Q: Starbucks or Dunkin’?

A: “Dunkin’ because it’s cheaper.”

Q: If you could be a superhero for a day, who would you be and why?

A: “I would be Doctor Strange because I like his powers.”

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

A: “I would go to Greece because I love the ocean over there, and I want to see it in person.”

Q: If you could have any animal as a pet and not be judged, what would it be and why?

A: “I would want an elephant, but they’re enormous, so I would have to have a big backyard.”

Q: If you were granted three wishes right now, what would they be?

A: “I would want to know everything in the world. To be wealthy and to be able to teleport.”


Q: What college will you attend? What is your intended major?

A: “I’m going to Johns Hopkins University, and my intended major is biology.”

Q: What extracurriculars have you been in throughout high school?

A: “I’ve been in StuCo, NHS, the science team and book club.”

Q: What was the most challenging aspect about balancing extracurriculars and academics?

A: “The workload was mad big, so finding time to dedicate to the extracurriculars was incredibly challenging. It all comes down to planning and staying on top of things.”

Q: What class was the hardest for you? Why?

A: “The hardest class was AP statistics, but it’s not the actual content. It’s just because my motivation has gone down.”

Q: Who has helped you the most throughout this journey? How have they? 

A: “I would say Emily McGee, she’s been a good motivator. She’s really kept me on top of things, and she’s a really strong and driven person. We kind of mirror each other and that’s really nice.”

Q: What has been the most memorable part of high school?

A: “I honestly think [it’d be] the people I’ve met. I’ve met a lot of good people and I’m really excited to watch them grow and be successful.”

Q: How has COVID impacted your senior year? 

A: “For starters, I didn’t get a prom. I really miss prom and the football games. I know they let us go to the football games with [a maximum of] 100 people, but it’s not the same without the rowdy crowd.”

Q: What advice would you give to your freshman self?

A: “I would say work a little harder. I could’ve done better in the beginning. I didn’t really take it seriously until halfway sophomore year.”

Q: What are you most excited about regarding college?

A: “I’m excited to learn, and I’m so pumped for the experience and all the people I’m going to meet.”

Q: Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?

A: “Hopefully a very, very successful doctor. I’m going into neuroscience.”