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Finding Himself Through Engagement

Prince SorbitoIt took Prince Sorbito some time to find his stride in high school.

“I was sort of in zombie mode Freshman and Sophomore year,” he said. “At first I did just enough to get grades that would keep my parents from worrying, but when COVID happened I didn’t do anything.”

During remote learning, Prince fell behind in school, and eventually realized he didn’t want to continue the way he was going.

When he returned to in-person classes his junior year, he worked hard to make up the sophomore credits he failed, and became more involved in the school, joining as many clubs as he could.

“I really went out of my comfort zone,” he said. “I made friends, gained more confidence and I was able to find myself. I worked to be better.”

Prince tried a little bit of everything including DECA, Run Well, Playmakers, Science Olympiad and others.

“I was able to meet different people and gain different perspectives,” he said. “My DECA advisor, Ms. Pridgen, became one of my teacher-mothers. I learned a lot about leadership.”

“Prince is so full of energy and is always looking for the next challenge,” said Belinda Pridgen, CTE teacher, and DECA advisor at Page. “He told me he taught himself how to play piano and when I heard him play, I was blown away by how talented he is. Prince joined DECA in his junior year and I witnessed him develop into a mature, responsible student. He set high goals for himself and worked diligently to achieve them.”

He also found new passions, especially music.

More than ever, our students need champions who continue to show up for them—not slowing down, not giving up, not losing hope, but pressing forward. The future of our students and our community depends on it.

“In Playmakers I met a lot of wonderful people while we put on musicals. The first year I worked on the tech side, but I stayed late to practice piano at the school. I wasn’t going to continue senior year, but Ms. French suggested I rejoin and be a part of the ensemble,” he said. “Getting on stage and hearing everyone cheer was heartwarming, and I feel like I got a little better with each performance. That experience and Ms. French taught me to be mentally strong, and not give up. It showed me putting a lot of effort into something can really pay off.”

“Prince gives 110% in whatever adventure he attempts, and he attempts just about everything,” said Lenny French, chorus teacher at Page. “He did not sign up for Chorus this year, however, he auditioned for the competition choir after being in the musical this spring. He spent hours in the chorus room making sure that he would not be the ‘weak link’ in the choir. He participated in the Choir’s end-of-the-year lip-sync contest, enlisted an army of friends to join him, and won the entire event.”

In addition to his love of music, Prince says he also enjoys helping others, especially after volunteer work through other clubs in the school. He says he plans to combine those two passions and study music therapy when he attends Eastern Carolina University in the fall.

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