Kevin Vo

South County High School

Class of 2017

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

I have always had a passion for English, so throughout my high school career I have been a part of my high school's literary magazine. In addition, I love creative writing and try to dedicate time for it everyday. As a committed volunteer, I help out at my local libraries and am a member of Key Club. To stay active, I take Tae Kwon Do classes (for about a decade now) and occasionally run. And of course, Model UN!

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

679 by Fetty Wap (feat. Remy Boyz)

What has been your proudest moment?

My proudest moment was acquiring my 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, an achievement which took around 6-7 years. This required a lot of dedication and effort (which I admit was not easy), but it made me proud since it simultaneously made my family proud as well.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Kevin's Kinsey

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

Having been exposed to politics more frequently these past few years, I understand that there are many issues with the political landscape. The fact that this year is the Presidential Election I believe will help fuel the motivations of this new generation to register and vote. I want to help facilitate the voices of my peers, because after all, it is our long future in this country that is at stake.

What does civic engagement mean to you?

To me, civic engagement can mean a wide range of actions that impact our society, whether at the local, state, or national level. There are many problems in our country, and whichever methods people employ to face these problems is significant. From volunteerism to social media activism, as long as we put our voices and opinions out there, I believe we are being civilly engaged. Voting in itself I believe is civil engagement.

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

My favorite thing about Virginia is its rich history. From the establishment of Jamestown and creation of the House of Burgesses to the landmarks of Monticello and Mount Vernon, Virginia has an endless multitude of historical features. I am admittedly a history nerd and have a deep appreciation for the foundation of not only our state and country, but the world.

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

In 20 years, I would love to see a Virginia which has passed anti-bullying laws that specifically enumerate protection of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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

I'm definitely more on the shy side at first, but once you get to know me I'm pretty fun and expressive!