Mackenzie Karnig, staff writer

Avery Hanan:

Out of the 2,500 students here at Carlsbad High School, senior Avery Hanan has been chosen to be a part of this elite group to represent this school at its finest. This summer, Hanan was awarded the honor of being a Royal Lancer. Along with her spot on varsity volleyball, Royal Lancers has made her a stand out student, giving her the opportunity to attend Cornell University next fall.

“I have always wanted to go to a prestigious college known for academics,” Hanan said. “So I needed to make myself competitive with others in terms of grades and classes.”

Being a Royal Lancer requires extra commitment to school and a high level of academic diversity. For many students, school is a priority, but for Royal Lancers, they must go above and beyond in their dedication to their grades and education. For Hanan however, she believes that being a Royal Lancer goes farther than just academics.

“To me, being a Royal Lancer is a privilege and something that not many people get to experience,” Hanan said. “This pushes me to try my best to succeed and represent Carlsbad High School in the best way possible.”

Along with the commitment of withholding her grades, Hanan faces the pressure to be a positive influence to those around her. Hanan along with the 23 other Royal Lancers, including her brother, have a reputation to live up to on campus. Along with being very educated, they also have the expectation of being a positive influence on the younger students on campus.

“Everyone looks up to you as a kind of leader on campus, and recognizes all the hard work you have put in,” Hanan said. “So you need to be able to back that up.”

From being a leader on campus, Hanan has had many experiences that have helped shape her as a student and ready her for her path ahead. Hanan tells Lancer Link some of her tips and tricks that have gotten her to where she is now and might benefit students who look up to her on campus.

“Time management is a huge part of being successful because you need to be able to get everything done efficiently,” Hanan said. “You need to be willing to work hard on everything, even if it might not be the most fun or exciting thing to do.”