Meet Lafayette High senior Alex Rozar.
As opinions editor for the school's print newsmagazine, The Image, Rozar has seized the opportunity to make his voice heard among the student body and be read by teachers and his peers.
The versatile upperclassman joined the award-winning student-run publication his sophomore year and has worn many hats.
"As a reporter, I've learned the importance of facts," said Rozar. "As an editor, I've learned the value of brevity. As a columnist, I've learned how to argue logically. Overall, I've honed my writing skills and have learned how to communicate better."
Rozar's Rockwood Reflection
Rozar, who began his Rockwood educational career as a Rockwood Valley Middle sixth-grader, reflected upon his high school journey and the school district's positive impact on his learning.
"Getting a Rockwood education means knowing that I'm in the best hands," said Rozar. "Since freshman year, I've been able to take Advanced Placement courses, which have helped prepare me for college. Though my senior year has been nontraditional, Rockwood has adapted well to unprecedented circumstances. I will always remember the time I spent on The Image staff and the people I spent it with."
While handling a rigorous academic course load, Rozar manages to serve as a member of the school's mock trial team, speech and debate team, Student Council, Lancers Helping Lancers, National Honor Society and Lafayette History Society.
The 18-year-old said he credits his parents for always pushing him in the right direction and seeking out what he finds enjoyable.
"They have always been extremely supportive of me as a writer and have been supportive throughout the process of deciding on a college," said Rozar.
Rozar plans to attend Saint Louis University in the fall where he will major in history.
"History has always fascinated me, and I look forward to studying it more in depth," said Rozar.