Describing herself as cautious, skeptical, loyal, and curious, fifteen-year-old Anina McKnight is a friendly and fun person who enjoys getting things done. Born on October 30, 2003, she is the youngest of six children, the closest child to her being ten years her senior. Anina has lived in Oahu, Hawaii since she was born. However, her family will be joining their mother in Washington state in October because her mother’s job transferred her there last year.
Anina is starting her third year in TPS. Her courses for this year include English 4/5/6: British Literature and Composition, AP Comparative Government and Politics, and Physics. Anina will also be serving as the photographer for clay. She began to have an interest in photography when she started high school and met people who had very good photography skills. This influenced her to start honing this skill herself. The subjects she photographs the most include backgrounds, scenic highways, and great candids. When she is not studying or shooting pictures, Anina enjoys reading, playing soccer, running, watching TV, studying Japanese, and going to the gym.
One of Anina’s secret talents is that she can pick up things with her toes. Her guilty pleasure snack is anything chocolate. She also enjoys drinking jasmine tea, and though she is not a coffee addict, she feels that it definitely makes the day more enjoyable. Anina’s favorite fictional characters are Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle and Naruto from the show by the same name. She also thinks it would be really cool to be Nancy Drew. Her favorite books include Anne of Green Gables and Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, as well as the poems of Emily Dickinson. Anina’s favorite song is “As Time Goes By” from the movie Casablanca. Some of her favorite quotes include: “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not” – André Gide (Autumn Leaves) and “If I live longer, shall I again, I wonder, yearn for these days? The world that I once saw as bitter, now, is dear to me” – Fujiwara no Kiyosuke (Ogura Hyakunin Isshu).
Working well in high-intensity environments, Anina would like to become a doctor in the emergency room and, if given the chance, would love to work in medical missions. She is specifically interested in the parts of medicine that explore the chemical makeup of the body and physiological pathways of the mind. When asked what she is passionate about, Anina replied that “she enjoys discussions on the Christian faith and is also very keen on discussing the mind, thought processes, and why people think the way they do.”
I have enjoyed getting to know Anina, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with her in clay this year, as well as getting to see some of her beautiful photography.