HIGH ACHIEVER

Many high school students find it hard to stand out during high school.

Chloe Lomprey, a senior at Basic High School, doesn’t have a problem being noticed. She is a self-published author, an honors student, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, and takes three AP classes; she even finds time to practice ancient Japanese archery.

Since she was young, Lomprey, now 18, has wanted to be a published author.

“I feel like I have accomplished my childhood dream, and I feel good about it,” she says.

Lomprey published her book, “Fall From Ashes,” through a division of HarperCollins for about $200.

“I own the ISBN,” she said. “The company only has the right to print it.”

Since it was published, the book has been available through Barnes & Noble and Borders.

Although her book boasts modest but respectable sales figures, money was not Lomprey’s driving force. She hopes that her writing “gives the reader insight into their own life.”

“I write about the world, but in my perspective,” she says. From important social issues to jokes on Popsicle sticks, Lomprey writes about a wide variety of topics.

She also finds an outlet for her often witty observations in the Lone Wolf, the student newspaper at Basic. She took up the post of editor-in-chief because of a vacancy, and “because it looks good on a resume,” she jokes.

She finds some aspects of journalism challenging aside from the task of editing her peers’ work. “It takes a lot of listening to people,” she says.

In addition to being the editor of the Lone Wolf, she spends about 18 hours per week practicing the ancient Japanese archery Kyudo as well as the life energy martial art, Aikido.

“I heard about it through the local ‘Henderson Happenings’ and thought it would be something interesting. Now, I love it,” she says.

Even though Lomprey is well-acquainted with the world of literature and martial arts, she would like to work for the FBI after college.

“I used to think it was … like in the movies,” she says. But she found out there’s more to it than Hollywood’s portrayal of the agency.

“I like the idea of it,” she says. “In the real FBI, there are more investigations. That’s what I would like to do.” Lomprey plans on attending Nevada State College to major in psychology and minor in criminology.

Lomprey says she doesn’t easily find time for other things, notably friends.

“I have to admit I push my friends to the side. I hang out with them when I have free time.” But, she preserves a close circle of friends who are there to encourage and support her.

Although Lomprey has crafted a resume to brag about, she remembers who she is.

“The only thing that makes me special is that I know I’m just like everyone else.”

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