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Bulldogs of Ayala: Milena Leonis

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Milena Leonis
Milena Leonis (12) is president of Ayala Choir. Still, Leonis stays involved in community endeavors such as Chino Community Theatre, arts, and dancing. “I’m most grateful for Milena’s supportiveness and unconditional love for everybody in our program… she interacts with everybody with nothing but love and compassion,” said choir director Mr. Davis.

Picture a seventh-grade Milena Leonis (12), enticed by the allure of choir after a chance encounter with friends. From event coordinator to the pinnacle of choir leadership, her journey mirrors a beautiful crescendo of self-discovery fueled by a deep-seated love for music and the familial bonds formed within the choir community.

Leonis’ journey with the choir began in eighth grade when two friends introduced her to the magic of singing. Her love for music and the sense of family within the choir community motivated her to take on various roles, starting as an event coordinator and eventually becoming the Women’s Ensemble Rep. It was her deep connection to the program that fueled her aspiration to become the president.

Still, being the choir president has been more than just a leadership role for Leonis, it has been a path of personal growth. She shared insights into her learning journey, emphasizing the importance of communication and the art of enjoying the present moment.

I’ve learned a lot about communication and profound joy that comes from fully immersing myself in the present moment and savoring every experience.

— Milena Leonis (12)

“I’ve learned a lot about communication and profound joy that comes from fully immersing myself in the present moment and savoring every experience,” Leonis stated.

Beyond just choir, Leonis stays booked and busy with her various extracurricular activities and hobbies. She engages in traditional basket dancing, volunteers at Chino Community Children’s Theatre (CCCT), and indulges in creative activities like crocheting and painting. Her free-spirited nature extends to her personal life, where she values open schedules to embark on spontaneous adventures with friends.

However, Leonis, like many high school seniors, has her own personal challenges. She opened up about struggling with self-confidence and the pressure to compare herself to others. 

“I really struggled mentally with self-confidence and being able to accept myself for who I am,” she said.

Nevertheless, Leonis expressed how her time in choir has begun to mend these issues, emphasizing the importance of enjoying the journey despite the challenges.

“I’ve definitely become more confident… I’ve started striving to try more and new different things, even if it stresses me out,” she shared.

Celine Kwai (12), Leonis’ long-time friend, attested to Leonis’ character, describing her as hardworking, sweet, and the best support system. 

“She’s one of the sweetest people that I know,” Kwai added, recognizing Leonis’ persistence as her most admirable quality.

Milena Leonis and Women’s Ensemble after choir’s mini concert in October.

Mr. Robert Davis, the choir director, echoed the sentiment, praising Leonis’ supportiveness and unconditional love for everyone in the program. He commended her for bringing positive energy to every room she enters and the significant milestones she achieved, such as securing a spot in the vocal ensemble.

“I am most grateful for Milena’s supportiveness and unconditional love for everybody in our program. She interacts with everybody with nothing but love and compassion,” Davis said.

Leonis’ journey from a shy singer to the face of the choir program is as captivating as her melodic voice. As she prepares to graduate, she leaves behind a legacy of leadership and inspiration, proving that the power of music goes beyond the notes; it’s about the connections and the journey that make the melody truly unforgettable.

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