Patch caught up with thirteen-year-old Isabella Correa-Apra at the . She was enjoying a toasty grilled cheese sandwich on a stormy Santa Cruz afternoon.
Correa-Apra likes to draw and doesn't know what she will do when she grows up, but plans to continue making art.
Santa Cruz Patch: Where do you go to school?
Isabella Correa-Apra: I go to Branciforte Middle School. I'm in the eighth grade. Next year, I will go to Harbor High.
Patch: What is your favorite subject at school?
Correa-Apra: Right now, I have this elective, MESA where we're building things. It's sort of like woodshop. It stands for Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement. Right now I'm building a glider out of balsa wood.
Patch: Have you made any other projects in MESA?
Correa-Apra: We made a bridge out of manila folders. If you make them right, they can be really strong. And we did egg drop packets, where we made containers and put a bunch of eggs in them and dropped them off the gym roof. It's like engineering.
Patch: What do you like to do when you're not at school?
Correa-Apra: I like to go online or read. I draw a lot, too.
Patch: What do you like to draw?
Correa-Apra: I started out drawing anime. I draw people and cartoon-style ducks. I draw random things.
Patch: What inspires your drawings?
Correa-Apra: Music. I hear things or see things listening to music. I like a lot of different music. Basically, the only music I don't like is country and screamo.
Patch: What is screamo?
Correa-Apra: Basically, electric guitar and a guy screaming.
Patch: What do you like about living in Santa Cruz?
Correa-Apra: I like the weather, especially the rain because it gets me out of gym class. I like living near the beach even though I don't go there that often. It's cool to have that option. I like the people here, how crazy some of them are, it's just kind of fun. Go downtown. There are all kinds of people here. I like the mix. Normalness is boring.