I’m Natalie Dweck Romero. I live in the suburbs of New York City, and I am a member of the class of 2025 at Hastings High School. As well as running track and cross country, I also play roller derby with Philly Roller Derby Juniors, traveling the country to play weekend tournaments. I can’t go a single day without listening to music; I always have a pair of earphones with me wherever I go. To foster this love for music, I participate in my school chorus and the HaZamir Choir, a chorus for Jewish teens.
I speak both Spanish and Hebrew, as my dad is Argentine. I’ve grown up speaking his native Spanish at home, and I learned Hebrew at the Syrian Jewish school at which I spent elementary school and most of middle school. These languages have opened up countless opportunities I’m extremely grateful for, including volunteering at local kindergarten classrooms in Cusco, Peru, over the summer. Through traveling and familiarizing myself with new cultures using the languages my family has given me, I’ve come to appreciate how a language’s structure and vocabulary reflects the values of that particular culture.
On a lighter note, I am a firm believer that a good friend with chocolate can solve any and every problem. I’m an emphatic hiker who could spend hours climbing the gorgeous mountains and lakes of the Pacific Northwest, as there is nothing that makes me happier than a breathtaking landscape. I often clear my mind best with a pen and an empty notebook on the front porch, listening to music as I write, or through making jewelry.