April 17, 2017
April 17, 2017—Spillane Middle School eighth-grade student Erin Cearlock, a Builder’s Club and student council member, creates and makes announcements on behalf of her organizations for the Spillane Daily. Cearlock plays the French horn in the Houston Youth Symphony and Spillane symphonic winds band. She also performed in the national Broadway tour of Les Miserables for 1 ½ years as Little Cosette in the third and fourth grades. She seeks a career in international policy or comparative government.
School: Spillane Middle School
Accomplishments: President of Builder’s Club; student council member, sixth through eighth grades; student council reporter, seventh and eighth grades; first chair All-Region Band, eighth grade; third chair All-Region Band, seventh grade; Distinguished Honor Roll all three years of middle school (straight A’s); Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for all academic subjects, sixth and seventh grades.
Favorite class: French. “I love learning not only the language, but the culture and customs of French-speaking countries. There is also an international component that relates to what I hope to do one day, international policy.”
Favorite things to do after class: Read; practice French Horn, piano, guitar and ukulele; write calligraphy and hand lettering.
Favorite song: Original cast recording of “Hamilton the Musical.”
Favorite website: “Quizlet makes studying a lot easier. It is not the conventional way to study, but the fact that it mixes learning with technology makes it more interesting.”
Favorite TV show: The Office. “The show has a very dry sense of humor and the characters are interesting to watch. The premise of the show is so basic that it makes it even more funny.”
Favorite movie: La La Land. “It has a very vintage feel and was visually really cool to watch. I loved the jazz element of the movie, and the musical score was very well done.”
Ambition: “I aspire to work in something that allows me to travel and would have a global impact. I would like to do international policy or work in comparative government. I love the international platform and being able to study how cultures in different regions influence the political standpoint. I want to work in policy because I want to help people learn how to exist together, even if they live different lives in various parts of the world.”
What topics/things are you passionate about? “I am very passionate about helping people and animals. I am the president of Builder’s Club at Spillane, where we do various service projects that can touch the lives of others. This year we spearheaded a jean drive and collected over 580 pairs of jeans. This gave us enough material to make hundreds of pairs of shoes for children in Uganda, who without the shoes would be susceptible to diseases and harmful insects. We were able to work with Sole Hope, an organization that is making sure that every child in Uganda has shoes. Also, I love helping animals and volunteer every Saturday with Cypress Lucky Mutt to help rescue dogs find a forever home. I am also passionate about music. I enjoy listening to various genres of music, such as Broadway, classical and pop. I play French Horn, piano, guitar and ukulele, so I am constantly practicing and trying to learn more about music.”
What inspires you? “My parents inspire me every day to be myself and to achieve in all that I do. They never make me feel pressured, but I know they care and will support me in my decisions.
What three things can’t you live without? My family, the ability to travel and see the world and tortillas.
What are you most looking forward to this year? “I am looking forward to the symphonic winds band to compete at the UIL competition and hopefully receive Division One ratings.”