Proving Them Wrong

Senior Alaina Marquez proves a young outgoing woman from a small town can dream big and accomplish her goals.

Alaina Marquez, senior at Depue Unit School located in Depue Illinois, comes from a half Mexican, half Spaniard descent. Marquez grew up around dancing and DJing, two important things to her family. Marquez comes from a long line of family in the military. Her dad, both of her grandpas, and her uncle were in the Navy and Air Force. Her sister, Alicia, is currently in the military, which is one reason Marquez is inspired to join the Air Force. Her sister always tells her how she wanted to fight for her country and at times it gets hard, but she doesn’t regret the decision she made. “I come from a small town of nearly 1,000 people. I want to prove that no matter how trapped you feel in small town, there’s a way to accomplish a good career,” said Marquez.

Aside from being one of two editors of her school’s yearbook, Marquez spends her days shopping now Chicago, playing basketball and soccer, traveling, or sightseeing. She enjoys eating out at Chipotle where she regularly orders their Carnita Bowl. Marquez often listens to Hip-Hop, EDM, and Indie music. A few of her favorite artists are Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott. Marquez often gets on Snapchat and Instagram where she says she is, “very photogenic.”

“People say I’m the life of the party,” said Marquez. She has an abundance of friends who often compliment her style and dance moves. Marquez believes she handles emotions well. “I’m always there for people whenever they need me. I’m trustable. When I’m hurt, I know how to handle it in a positive way,” said Marquez.

While lounging in her dorm, Alaina Marquez sips on an iced coffee from Starbucks. “Starbucks refreshes my day once I wake up in the morning. It makes me feel more awake since most of the time I’m tired,” said Marquez.