OCEANSIDE, CA (KGTV) -
Oceanside High School senior Anabel Ojeda led the way this year on the Pirates cross country team. She ran on the varsity all four years of school, was named team MVP four times., and she qualified for the CIF state meet in 2018. Anabel says cross country helped her grow as a runner, as well as a person.
"I was able to learn key skills I know will help me be successful in life. Such as learning how to work with different people, and learning how to be a part of a team. I also had the chance to meet great friends who were there for me, on and off the track. Those friendships are what made my high school experience very memorable."
Anabel was a true leader at Oceanside High School. Out of the classroom she was an active member of BTR, or "Better the Resistance."
"It's a group that works under the north coast youth coalition in preventing the use of substances with the youth, and that is something very personal to me. I would say it's one of the highlights of my high school career."
And while Anabel says it was sad to have the end of her senior year cut short to COVID-19, she's excited for what her her future holds.
"I know I can speak for almost everyone that we are all grateful for the community's efforts in celebrating the class of 2020. After high school i plan on attending Humboldt State University where I will be pursuing a degree in environmental science, while also competing for the school's cross country and track teams."