Anna Zhong ‘19 hasn’t always been a performing artist. Prior to starting in the Upper School, she didn’t quite know who she was.
Zhong joined the St. Anne’s-Belfield community in grade seven, moving to the area from Northern Virginia.
“From middle school to here, it's been a big difference for me,” said Zhong. “I pretty much spent my time at the mall or with my friends every day, but here, I really get to know what I’m interested in and really want to devote myself to. Back there, it was just playing.”
Now, Zhong participates in a range of artistic extracurriculars, from the TrebleMakers a cappella group to photography to acting and singing in theatre productions like As You Like It this fall and the winter musical.
“I actually didn’t know I was that good at performing arts before I came here. After I joined the a cappella group last year, I got to explore a new field I hadn’t tried before. It’s exciting for me,” Zhong noted.
An only child originally from Shenzhen, China, Zhong lives on dorm during the academic year, traveling home to her parents over long breaks. She also enjoys visiting her aunt and uncle who live in Virginia.
“I love that city. Shenzhen is actually becoming one of the bigger cities in China right now, and I feel like the air is very fresh,” Zhong said.
Zhong also enjoys traveling with her parents around the world, her favorite vacation being a trip to the Maltese Islands they took a few years ago.
Besides the performing arts, Zhong is excited about school, including taking classes like chemistry.
“I like chemistry. I have Mrs. Van Liew as my teacher, and it's a hard class, but it’s really fun,” said Zhong. “She’s a great teacher and I enjoy her class. I love challenges, and taking chemistry challenges me.”
With her range of interests, she’s not quite sure yet where she wants to go after graduating from the School in 2019.
“I worked in senior centers in Shenzhen this summer, I like taking care of them. I don’t really know what I’m going to be when I grow up. But right now I’m really passionate about performing arts, so maybe theatre or acting,” Zhong noted about her future.
For now, Zhong plans to continue enjoying the School and exploring her passions.
“I have a lot of freedom to do what I want. I get to decide what I really like,” said Zhong.