PARKERSBURG — Born and raised in Parkersburg, Bastet Zyla has been a member of Parkersburg High School’s speech and debate team since freshman year.
“Honestly, it makes me feel very empowered” she says. “As a woman, we get talked about, but being able to have an entire room focused on me and what I have to say and the message I want to convey, makes me feel very powerful and like I’m doing something. important thing that will help me later in life.
Zyla is the captain of the speech and debate team at PHS and was introduced to the team by her mother, Lori, who is the coach of the speech and debate team. Zyla watched other students participate in debates and give speeches and has been fascinated by it ever since. Zyla prefers speaking to debating, as she dislikes arguing with others.
“I think discourse is the more creative side of things, while debate is more logical and research-focused,” she says.
Zyla is also an avid actress and has been involved in theater most of her life.
“I’ve been encouraged to do it since I was little. And I’ve always really enjoyed it,” she says. “I liked the sense of community. I loved it again, I just felt empowered and like I was doing something people wanted to pay attention to.
Zyla said she no longer does community theater and prefers to participate in school plays at PHS and competition shows, where they travel, perform and meet other comedians. Recently she performed in “Do not fear the reaper”, which she described as a day in the life of the grim reaper and “Summer Jersey” which she describes as a “Jerseyshore” take charge ” Dream of a summer night “.
Zyla is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the National English Honor Society. She said NEHS focuses more on English and language arts projects. With the NEHS, she voluntarily organizes book sales and organizes writing contests for elementary school students. Thanks to the NHS, Zyla served dinner at local homeless shelters and worked in school concessions. She said the NHS and NEHS have not been able to do as much voluntary work due to the pandemic, but hopes they will be more active in the community this year.
“It really makes me feel good” she says, about volunteering. “I wish I had more opportunities to do that. Doing things always makes you feel good as a person and especially when it involves things I’m passionate about.
Zyla has a GPA of 4.0 and takes several AP honors and courses, including AP US History, AP Biology, AP Language Arts, and AP Art, among others.
“I want to challenge myself” she says. “I don’t want to get bored doing things I already know how to do. Plus, it looks good on college applications.
Zyla has her sights set on Oberlin College. He offers a creative writing program that she wants to specialize in. She said Bastet Zyla sings as the lead singer of her band Be My End Times at City Park in Parkersburg.
Size, location, and program availability were all things she considered when choosing a college.
“I want to get a degree in creative writing” she says. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a writer.”
Zyla has been working on two romance novels for three years and dreams of one day becoming a published author. She said that after she finishes her novels, she plans to start working on a teen-type story that comes of age.
“I’m more of a realistic fiction person. I’ve never been into fantasy because in my own life there’s so much that I can’t control. she says. “But if I can write these people who look like me and I can choose what happens to them and where they go, it’s very calming, it’s a nice feeling of control. And it’s a really good creative outlet for me.
In her spare time, Zyla enjoys writing, spending time with friends and family, playing Dungeons and Dragons, drawing, reading comics, and performing as the lead singer of her band.
She said she and her friends started Be My End Times in January last year. Music is an incredibly important part of his life and hopes to one day impact the lives of others, as bands like My Chemical Romance, The White Stripes, Fall Out Boy and Panic At the Disco have impacted his .
“Music and entertainment in general are very important to me”, she says. “It gives me such an indescribable rush that I can’t get anything else. When I’m on stage and the music starts playing, I can’t think of anything but the performance.
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