When Ashley Cha decided to come to IHA, she chose the school for its academic reputation, the plethora of clubs that were available, and its emphasis on sisterhood and unity. Over her four years at IHA, she found that these reasons still hold true today: she received a great education, explored her interests in different clubs, and made many memories and friendships with her classmates.
Along with her challenging courseload, Ashley has been involved in many extracurricular activities in the IHA community. Over the past four years, she became involved in the music department, where she participated in Handbells, Rock Band, Orchestra, Voices, Song and Spirit, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. In Tri-M, Ashley was Vice President during her junior year and President her senior year.
Ashley has been a member of the National Art Honor Society since sophomore year, held the position of Secretary during her junior year, and Co-Vice President her senior year. She was Co-President of the Korean Culture Club this year and has been a member for three years. Ashley has been in National Honor Society for two years, HeartTV for four years and International Thespian Society for four years, where she held the position of clerk her junior year.
Outside of IHA, Ashley has also been very busy. Since her freshman year, she has been involved in the plays and musicals at Don Bosco Preparatory High School. Continuing with her passion for music, she plays the organ at her local parish for Friday night masses and she has been involved with the Music Therapy Cupola Project at Care One, where she plays instruments and sings for patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. She is also a teacher’s assistant at a Korean School where she teaches younger Korean-American students the Korean language and culture.
When asked about her favorite memory at IHA, she cited the Senior Talent Show and Senior Retreat as two of her favorite memories. About the talent show, Ashley said, “We looked back on funny moments from the past four years and it was bittersweet. When the senior class went on stage towards the end of the show it was really special.” She said she really liked senior retreat “because everyone was so accepting, trustworthy, and understanding. It felt like we were all united as one.”
Next fall, Ashley Cha will be attending George Washington University with a major in communications. IHA is so proud of all Ashley has accomplished and we are all excited to see where the future will take her.
By Gabriella DePinho ’17, IHA News Senior Editor
Categories: Senior Spotlights!!