Isabel Ronza

Massaponax High School

Class of 2017

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

As for athletics, I play both varsity field hockey and lacrosse. Sports have always been a big part of my life and have taught me teamwork and leadership. I also am a part of several school clubs/organizations. A few that have made a major impact on me are Student Council Advisory Executive board, Fredericksburg of Christian Athletes, YoungLife, Interact club. SCA has enabled me to work with diversity and make school events successful. Fredericksburg of Christian Athletes and YoungLife have allowed me to talk about and strengthen my faith and surround myself with others who have the same mentality. Interact Club has taught me about the importance of helping others and the community. Service is a big deal to me. Aside from school, I love hanging out with my friends. Whether we are just grabbing some food, hanging by the river, or going on road trips, I love being around them and doing adventurous things. 

If you played Major League Baseball, what would be your walk-out song?

Who Run The World (Girls) - Beyonce 

What has been your proudest moment?

My proudest moment would have to be receiving Varsity Field Hockey Captain as a Sophomore. It's not very usual that a Sophomore gets selected to be captain; however, my coach believed in my abilities and my effort and believed I could get the job done. I had put in a lot of effort my Freshmen season and my Sophomore preseason and all of that hard work paid off. My teammates and coaches believed in me, and after being selected for this role, I started to believe in myself. 

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Testament of an Explorer

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

Politics have always been a big part of my family. If you're in the Ronza household from 5pm-9pm, just expect the news to be on. Despite political affiliation, policies, or views, I think it's important that everyone who has the ability to vote should. It's a civic duty and responsibility. As a democracy, we have given the people the right to select representatives who best represent our country and will put the country in an upward direction. I think the younger generation often feels disregarded, and in result do not vote. Personally, this makes me very frustrated. Being a part of Inspire VA will give me the ability to remind the younger generation that their vote matters and counts for something. All in all, my commitment to the Inspired Year is because I believe I can make a difference in my school and bring this program to life within the school and the community.  

What does civic engagement mean to you?

Civic engagement to me is an idea that all American citizens have, but have to choose to participate in. Civic engagement is the desire to make the country a better place--at the local, state, and federal level. It's making the now a time for rehabilitation, so that the future is a better place. 

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

My favorite thing about Virginia is definitely all of the hidden places that so many don't think about going to, nor want to take the drive to. Virginia has beaches, mountains, lakes, historical monuments, museums, caverns, safari parks and so much more. It is not stereotyped for one specific thing, because there is so much to do within the state. My favorite thing to do, is drive with one of my very best friends and explore all that Virginia has to offer, because it offers so much more than people think. 

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

In twenty years I would like to see Virginia as a state of inclusion. Everyone being included in decision making, everyone being included when considering laws, everyone being included and considered. Inclusion doesn't have a race, or religion, or political affiliation, or language. Inclusion--meaning everyone is included.

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?

Just that I'm very excited for this year, and all that Inspire VA has to offer. :)