Spotlight

Girls’ Spotlight: Grace Bettencourt

 

 With school right around the corner, I settle on Grace Bettencourt, aged fourteen and in ninth grade, for my next interview. I meet her in my usual room, with the requisite folder and clipboard.

I jump into the interview after a greeting. “So, you’re Grace… Where do you live? How many siblings do you have, and do you own any pets?”

“San Antonio, Texas,” she tells me. “Basically, a desert. I have four sisters, Isabel, Lauren, Claire, and Sara. We have a rat dog named Tucker.”

I grin. “I’ve been to San Antonio and I can agree with that. Four sisters, wow. What classes are you taking next year with TPS?”

“Algebra 2, English 4/5 Literature and Composition Honors, U.S. History for High School, and Anatomy & Physiology,” she says. “I’m also taking Foundations in Financing as an extracurricular.”

Nice! Good luck with all of that. So…” I check my list quickly and furtively. “Would you mind describing yourself? And do you know your personality type?”

She hesitates and then responds. “I’m social with my friends, but a hermit pretty much anywhere else. I’m pretty hesitant and shy when you first meet me, but I’m really insane once you get to know me more. I’m an ENFP or INFP.”

“Nice, I’m also an ENFP at times. So, what would you consider your strengths and flaws?”

“I have a quick temper, a quick tongue, and a tendency to conceal most of my feelings, but I can be pretty nice. I think? I hope?” she adds, almost dubiously.

“You are. What’s something that’s not particularly obvious about you, and a hidden talent you have?”

“I enjoy learning new languages and researching different countries and their cultures. I can cartwheel well, and… I can doodle?” She laughs.

“Cultures are great. What are some of your hobbies, and what sports or instruments do you play?”

“I do track and field – high jump, pole vault, hurdle, sprint, throw – and lift weights, and I play piano. My hobbies are singing, goofing off with my friends and sisters, and working out.”

“Athletic!” I’m genuinely impressed. “Pole vault always seemed like such a cool sport to me. Oh! Is there an embarrassing memory you’d be willing to share?”

She thinks for a moment and then laughs. “Yeah. One time when I was little, I was skiing in Colorado, and my dad was wearing these yellow ski pants. We were going down a slope, and this other dude was wearing yellow ski pants in the exact same color, so I thought he was my dad. I skied right up to him and said, ‘wow, that was good, dad.’ After taking a closer look at him, I realized he wasn’t my dad, and I apologized and skied away. Thank goodness it was so cold already because my face was bright red.”

“I’ve done something like that before,” I confess. “I was six or so. It was not a proud moment for me. Anyway! What are you interested in pursuing? In college, I mean.”

“I would love to be an exchange student in another country one day, maybe in college. To be honest, I don’t really know what I want to do as an adult. I’m considering Sports Medicine or working as a Physical Therapist. We will see what the future holds.”

“Nice. Where have you traveled before?”

She rattles a list of states off easily. “Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Connecticut, and New York. Most of these are on the route to Maine from Texas,” she adds as an afterthought.

“That is a lot. What’s your favorite and least favorite subject in school? And what’s your favorite artist and/or song?”

“I like English and I detest math. Math can die. Ooh, I really like the songs “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé and “Heather” by Conan Gray. Other than that, I really like all music. I listen to a lot of lo-fi when I study.”

“Lo-fi is great, and so is Conan Gray. Do you have a bucket list for before college, or any goals?”

“Oh! I’d like to achieve fluency in another language, explore more ominous locations, and visit at least one island in an ocean. I’d just like to travel the world and develop an appreciation for it, you know?”

“I love traveling and I hope you get to do that. What is an accomplishment of yours, and what are you known for?”

“I did a standing backflip once.” She bows dramatically and grins. “I’m known for being ‘Grams.’ I don’t know how I got that title, but it’s an honor.”

“Very nice. Are there any catchphrases or quotes of yours that you’d like to share?”

A moment later, Grace texted me a few quotes that I added here for the readers, along with a message saying “wow, out of context, those look… weird.”

Who was eating acorns like a madwoman?”

“Then the real fake world that isn’t the real fake world would be the fake real fake world”

“WHEN I WAS 4 BOYS HAD COOTIES”

“Soap smells like soap and tastes like Chemicals”

“Okay… and is there anything else you’d like to add?”

“I would like everyone to know that you can die in school and still be alive. Let’s kill it this school year, my dudes.”

I agree emphatically. “And last but not least, what’s your favorite Bible verse?”

“1 John 3:1 – ‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.’ This is one of my favorite Bible verses because it reminds me that I am enough.”

“I love that verse. Thank you so much for agreeing to do this!”

32 Comments

  1. GRACEEEE!! AWESOME SPOTLIGHT! Bahaha all those quotes are pureee epicness.

  2. GRANDMA!!! YAYY!!! you’re so stunning!! and *cough* you mean draw masterpieces worthy of the Louvre, not doodle smh hehe.

  3. GRACEEEEEEE!!!! YAYAYAYYA!!!! Love those quotes bahahahah!

  4. I can testify that grace can be mucha loca.

  5. gabbie hanna (crisp tea nah)

    awww grams i love you sm bb and ur so beautiful <333

  6. gabbie hanna (crisp tea nah)

    awww grams i love you so much bb and ur so beautiful and ur drawings are not “doodles” -eye roll- <333

  7. invisible trident of destiny

    GRACIE HAHAHHA those quotes are the best hEHhe

  8. gabbie hanna (crisp tea nah)

    oh and remember to always tune out ur high school böølïés and do it for pâkïśtåń : D

  9. oOh our own grams lessgo girl

  10. Graceeeee I loved learning more about you. Great spotlight! <3

  11. Hey Grace. I was in E3 with you last year!

  12. Grace you’re absolutely amazing please stay that way

  13. I laughed at most of the things in this spotlight though, looking back, I’m not quite sure what I learned. It must have been something important…
    Anyway, great job on this spotlight Christine!

  14. smh texas is not a desert it’s beautifull :DD

    the skiing story tho i can totally relate xDD all the dads wear yellow jackets

    and those quotes are amazing especially the acorn one (;

    lyyyy grandmaaaaaaa also you are soo gorgeous in that pic

  15. awww it was awesome to get to know you better, grace!

    wonderful spotlight, christine!

  16. graceee you’re prettyy

    it was nice getting to know you better! <3

  17. haha this was Awesome!!!! great job both of yaa!!!
    thank you for makign me smile 😀
    ~Lydia

  18. oh lol! XD #MATHSHALLDIEEE

  19. GRACEEEEEEEE, omssss it was awesome to get to know you better, Twinnie <33333

  20. Great to get to know you, Grace! And excellent work, Christine! Between you, me, Abby, and Erika, this year’s spotlights are going to be absolutely epic!