TPS Seniors 2020

Sarai Morato – TPS Senior 2020

Sarai is 17, a graduating senior, and a master of procrastination (lol jk). She is an avid music lover as she has played the piano for about 13 years now and loves to listen to R&B music (especially H.E.R., Jorja Smith, Jhene Aiko, and Daniel Caesar). Not only does Sarai have a passion for music, but she has also loved the sciences throughout high school and loved her chemistry and engineering classes taught by Mr.P. At TPS, she enjoyed taking Marine Biology with Ms.McKeeman and College Brit Lit this year with Ms.Wood.

Since her sophomore year, Sarai has participated in clay as a columnist and as a junior editor and has enjoyed all her experiences here, ranging from the April Fool’s editions to writing and editing articles. She is going to miss TPS and will especially miss clay because she has really enjoyed the past three years.

Next year, Sarai is going to be attending the University of Pittsburgh on a full-tuition scholarship to major in bioengineering and minor in chemistry. After this, she hopes to pursue either medicine or cellular engineering.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was around 9, I wanted to be a marine biologist because dolphins were my favorite animal… and that was my only reason. Obviously, that has changed, but dolphins are still my favorite animal. Later in elementary school, I really liked my science classes. I knew that I probably wanted to do something in STEM, and I wasn’t sure what it was until I reached my sophomore year and discovered my passion for engineering.

Favorite Bible Verse

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

This Bible verse is my favorite because it is so inspirational and I always reflected on it throughout high school.

Advice for Younger TPSers

For the younglings of TPS, I recommend not to procrastinate (even though I may be a master of procrastination). Plan out your assignments one or two weeks in advance. Also, pick classes that you know you are going to be passionate about or that contain content that you are excited to explore. But, most importantly, have fun in high school and get involved in extracurriculars!


  1. Thanks for being an awesome junior editor, Sarai!

  2. Leanne Zuiderveen

    It’s been fun having you on our team, Sarai! Congratulations on graduating and on that awesome scholarship!

  3. Congrats, Sarai! It’s been great fun being on the editor team with you this year. All the best for your future!

  4. Thanks for editing all my elementary-level errors. Maybe I’ll be using an invention of yours on my patients in the future xD all the best to you at Pitt!

  5. Yay Sarai! Thanks for being such a wonderful editor. Congrats on your scholarship!!

  6. Thanks! Congrats on your scholarship!