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A Step Above: Alexis Best

West Career and Technical Academy
Class of 2014
G.P.A.: 4.3

Have you ever met someone who “just has it,” and you can’t quite place what “it” is? Meeting Alexis Best is just like that. The graduating senior at West CTA has something special – let’s call it an energy – that leaves you knowing she is on her way to greatness. What’s even more inspiring, and possibly more impressive, is that her definition of greatness is just that, hers. Even in youth, Alexis is able to determine her own direction without letting outside pressure dictate what her success should look like. She’s smart enough to surround herself with the right people, kind enough to take time to raise others to their highest potentials and talented enough to get her anywhere she dreams up, placing her – A Step Above.  

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Sports/Clubs/Community Service

  • WCTA Dance Company- Lead Captain, 2011-2014
  • Delgado Dance Performance Team, 2009-2013
  • Skills USA, 2014
  • Future Business Leaders of America- Secretary & Vice President, 2011-Present
  • B’nai Brith Youth Organization- Orechet/Historian, 2010- 2013
  • Student Council Ambassador, 2010-2012
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation- 2011- 2014
  • Habitat for Humanity- 2013
  • Ballroom for Schools- 2010- 2012
  • Public Education Foundation- 2011


  • FBLA Video Production State Finalist
  • Honor Roll, 2010-Present
  • Walker Furniture TV Spot Contest- 1st place, 2013
  • International Flat Classroom Project- Google Category – 1st place, Worldwide – 2nd place

A career in television is your ultimate goal? “My current goals are to graduate high school and go to college to get a degree in Film & Television Production. In the future, I want to produce a children/family television show that will become a classic. In 10 years, I see myself having a career somewhere in the television field, slowly working my way up to my goal of being a producer.”

Dance is a huge inspiration and passion for you: “I am most proud of being the lead captain on my dance company. Dance has been a passion of mine for 10 years, and I have always been the student. Being the lead captain allows me to take the role of “dance teacher” and create choreography, formations, and more for the members of my company. I also enjoy being the lead captain because it gives me the opportunity to be a role model for the younger girls and boys and mold them into better dancers.”

You have some special role models: “I look up to all of the influential women in my life. Both my grandmother and my mother are strong women who never let anything get in their way. My grandmother came to America from Morocco at a very young age, and did not let anything stop her. My mother inspires me to work my hardest and give my all to whatever I am doing. Both of these women taught me to never give up and always love what I do.”

Is there a certain experience that has made you a stronger person? “My best friend of 17 years was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes during the summer of 2011. Seeing someone so close to me get diagnosed with a disease that currently has no cure was painful and hard for the both of us. However, we did not let her diagnosis get us down. Ever since, I have been doing community service with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in hopes to find a cure for my best friend.”

Favorite Quote to Live By: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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