Sometimes you just have to find the balance.

For Karlicia Owens, she’s determined to try her hand at everything — from math and science to acting and culinary arts.

“I’m more on the creative side than the logical side,” she said, laughing.

The 18-year-old Booker T. Washington (BTW) senior plans to attend Bossier Parish Community College in the fall and eventually wants to attend Harvard for neuroscience. But right now she’s content with being on stage and tapping into the performing arts.

“I love pretending to be somebody I’m not,” she said. “I actually started acting when I about five because we used to watch a lot of cartoons. I used to think I was one of them and would cut my bed sheets up to make costumes.”

Owens is a transfer student from Fair Park High School who came to BTW as a senior when the schools merged. Even though she left a number of extracurricular activities behind, she’s still involved in the debate team, National Honor Society and the Gamers Club.

While the transition was bittersweet, Owens said she’s come to love BTW and the teachers there, including her theater teacher (who was her yearbook teacher previously at Fair Park).

“He saw something in me,” she said. “And I need to be seen.”

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