Spotlight on Buford City School Students: Barbara Machado-Requena
The star of the students at Buford High School is Barbara Machado-Requena. Barbara is the 17-year-old daughter of Mariangelica Requena and Luis Machado. She lives with her parents in Lawrenceville and, now in her final year, has been a student in Buford since the second year.
A true lover of languages, Barbara excels academically and was a 2021 Governor’s Honors Program semi-finalist in Communication Arts, having been nominated by the BHS Department of Language Arts in 2020 and 2021. She is trilingual. and fluent in English and Spanish. She also studied Mandarin Chinese for four years.
Maintaining a GPA of 3.98, Barbara took on AP World History, AP US History, and AP Language and Composition. She is currently studying AP Environmental Science, AP Literature, AP Statistics, and the AP US Government. She was named the Georgia Chinese Language Educators Association Metro-Atlanta Student of the Year for 2016, 2017, and 2019 and holds a paid position at the BHS Writing Center as a peer tutor, where she can be found almost every morning. before school.
Outside of class, Barbara pursues her love of learning and academic pursuits. In 2020, she joined the Book Club of BHS and became an Officer in 2021. She has been a member of the Key Club since 2018 and joined the management team in 2019. She has been a member of the Quiz Bowl team since 2018, the National Honor Society since 2020, National Art Honor Society since 2018 and Beta Club since 2019.
Her love of the language is a natural transition to her next literary love: singing. Her artistic involvement includes participation in the BHS Chamber Chorus since 2019 and the Buford City Girls’ Choir since 2018, which has enabled her to travel to Switzerland and Austria in 2019. She is also a member of the BHS Advanced Musical Theater since 2019 and was inducted into the National Thespian Society in 2019. She is currently a member of the GHSA State Literary Trio.
It seems natural that a young woman with such an affinity for language should choose her language arts and choir teachers as her favorites.
âMr. Taylor Greer and Mr. Jeff Gillis both have a sincere understanding and daily practice of how to make students feel welcome and appreciated, both in and out of the classroom,â said she said. “I would stay in Mr. Greer’s class all day because he is one of the most down to earth teachers you will ever meet, and it would be so much fun to sing with all of them. my peers at different class times too. “
When not involved in something at school, she enjoys reading and singing, photographing, and spending free time with family and friends. She is an avid vinyl, cassette and CD collector and enjoys going to concerts.
Barbara also enjoys traveling and being exposed to other cultures. Just for fun, she enjoys learning alphabets and basic conversational phrases in other languages. She lived in Venezuela for two months a year until she was 10 and in Panama for a month last year.
âBecoming proficient in both academic fields (especially the language arts) and the performing arts has provided me with a unique perspective on how music can affect communication around the world,â Barbara said. . âI recognized the limits created by language barriers. However, I have seen firsthand that they can be mitigated by expressing something as universal as musical performance.
Now that she is in her final year, Barbara has a few words of wisdom to share with struggling students: âSlow down. And by that, I don’t mean to gently neglect your studies, but take the time out of your day to just absorb what is around you. Being in high school will be one of the last opportunities we as students will have in life to enjoy the freedoms of the world, without all the responsibilities of adulthood. We’re so lucky to be in such a tight-knit community like Buford, so use those years to build friendships, make mistakes, and become the best version of yourself you could be.
After graduating from BHS, Barbara plans to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree related to humanities or communication.
The Buford City Schools Student Spotlight is made possible by the generosity of the City of Buford.