LHS Top Ten – 2. Tony Tran

Get to know Number 2 Tony Tran as he reflects on his high school experience


Senior Tony Tran poses with friends at a band concert. Photo courtesy of Tony Tran.


Q: What song best represents your personality? Why?

A: “Anything Lo-fi would be pretty representative [of] my personality. I feel like I’m a very chill person. I’m very approachable and easy to talk to.”

Q: If you could meet any famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

A: “I’d say like Genghis Khan. That guy was just an absolute Chad, I wish I could be like him.”

Q: What’s your go-to dance move?

A: “I’m not really a dancer. I’m always one of the most awkward people, but I’ll rock any ‘Cha Cha Slide.’”

Q: Who is your favorite movie character?

A: “Iron Man. I remember when I was a kid I was like ‘Oh my gosh, his name is Tony, too!’ That was the basis of how I liked him. As I grew up and watched his movies, I thought he was really cool and I kind of related to him.”

Q: If you could live in any era, what would it be and why?

A: “I’d say the era my parents lived in. You always hear old people saying ‘Back in my day..’ and I wish I could see what happened.”


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

A: “I’m planning to go to the University of Texas at Austin and I’m going to major in computer science. 

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

A: “I’ve been in band since middle school. I’m a section leader for the clarinets. I’m also a part of NHS, I was in JWAC and I was a part of the computer science UIL team.”

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

A: “Definitely time management. I remember especially for band and marching season, I would come home really late and then [I’d] have to do a ton of homework. As a procrastinator, [having activities made] it really hard to procrastinate. Ironically, since I didn’t have as much time, I couldn’t procrastinate. [Not having] enough free time was pretty challenging.”

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

A: “I’d say it was my AP world history class. That class impacted me the most as a student, because until that point, I could just kind of pass any class easily. But at that point, I had to make a routine to study and manage my time better. That was the first step of succeeding in the rest of my high school career.”

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

A: “My brother. My brother is a few years older than me and anytime I’ve struggled, he’d be able to give me advice or he [would tell] me I’d be OK.”

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

A: “The football games and the band competitions. The fall is the most busy semester, but it was the most fun because [on] Friday nights we’d have football games and then I would go to sleep and Saturday morning we would have a band competition. Just the simple things, like chilling with my friends or preparing for competition, all of that was exciting and memorable.”

Q: What things, if any, do you wish you had done differently in high school?

A: “Sometimes I was scared to try new things, so I wish I had tried more clubs, even if I didn’t stay in them. I wish I gave more things a chance.”

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

A: “You’re worrying way too much. Everything will be fine in the long run, just keep going.”

Q: What are you most excited about regarding college?

A: “I’m excited about living on my own and living in a new city as well. I’ve had a lot of people help me throughout my childhood, and I’m thankful for that, but I want to see what I can do for myself.”

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

A: “In 10 years, I wish I have a stable job. I’m not looking to be the richest guy or the most successful person, I just want to be able to be happy, at least.”