In the final weeks leading up to Graduation Day 2020, EAB will celebrate each of its Seniors via the Senior Spotlight. Though many of the Senior Traditions cannot happen this year, the High School Faculty is committed to making sure each member of the Class of 2020 knows how much they have meant to this school and how proud we are of them. Today, the Senior in the spotlight is Riley Tustison.
Riley has been a proud Bull since arriving on campus in eighth grade. Throughout his time at EAB, Riley's favorite memory was his ninth grade field day, where "no one expected us to win any events," but they came in as underdogs and won dodgeball, "a really hard sport to win". Reflecting back, Riley will most miss the downtime at EAB - hanging out with friends during lunch. "There was always something so fun about just eating and hanging out". He is most proud of his academic improvement in physics in ninth grade. "On the first test of the year, I got a 6%, but as I improved and studied a lot, I was able to raise my grade to 90% by the end of the year." Riley notes that when he arrived at EAB, he "was a super shy kid", and he would like to thank everyone who accepted him. "When I got here, [everyone] was so welcoming and friendly, and I will always be grateful for them."
Riley's teachers appreciate the effort he puts into everything he does. His Portuguese teacher commented, "Always the first to raise your hand to participate...you put a tremendous effort, showing academic skills and also immense creativity," while his economics teacher noted, "Riley is a great critical thinker. He is [a] bold risk-taker, never afraid of challenge." His political philosophy teacher echoed this, stating, "You were incredibly focused and loved learning further." Also a talented musician, his band teacher noted, "You have certainly made a mark on countless fellow band members and this music program, forever."
Riley will be leaving EAB, but he won't be going far, at least in the near future. He will be serving on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Maceió, Brazil. After that, Riley intends to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. We know that Riley will continue working hard, being bold, and leaving his mark on the world, and we wish him every success in his future endeavors!