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Zepeda: Shabby with a dash of refinement

How do you do? My name is Kurt Zepeda. For the past three years, I have trudged through the halls of Marmion Academy in Aurora, and currently, I am on my fourth and final year.

I drive 25 minutes to school each morning from my St. Charles home in a black 2004 Volvo s60. With the aid of my blaring car radio, I somehow manage to stay awake. Remaining conscious in several of my classes, however, is much more of a challenge.

In my free time, I get involved in a few Marmion-based activities. For one, I am vice president of the Marmion student body. Besides having a fancy title, I have the great honor of acting like a hyped-up fool for the student body at pep rallies and organizing various dances, such as homecoming.

I also serve as Bravo Company commander in Marmion’s JROTC battalion. My duties include leading Bravo Company in formations and training.

Most days after school, you can find me on Marmion’s campus or track attempting to remember why I chose to run cross country in the first place. Do not get me wrong; I love cross-country (except for the running part).

From steel treadmills to rubberized tracks, I will run on anything in any given climate. Since the start of high school, running has come to define me as a person. Like most of my teachers with coffee, if I fail to get a daily run in, I become something reminiscent of a deep-sea shellfish creature.

Together, running and writing make up my favorite hobbies. Perhaps the oxygen deprivation fills one’s head with funny ideas, but I believe running makes me a better writer and vice versa.

Given the chance, I enjoy writing about my interests. Putting my ideas to paper has allowed me to expand on thoughts that I would usually shrug off. Running, writing and making snide comments about my delightful teachers are but a few of my favorite pastimes.

This past summer, I spent numerous hours frying superb slices of spuds, flipping seasoned burgers and wrapping scrumptious hot dogs at the Kane County Cougars ball park. I find that a well-prepared golden french fry has more beauty than the Mona Lisa. No, I do not admire food. I glorify it.

And eat a lot of it.

On most runs, I bring along my undefeatable iPod nano playlist. Always playing a bit too loud, Coldplay, Zedd and countless other artists make a six mile run turn into an epic journey with a angelic soundtrack.

I could not imagine my life without writing, music or food. Well, I could, but it would involve watching grass grow after paint dries. I believe that these three elements throw zing into the recipe of life, and I like to keep things rather spicy.

• Kurt Zepeda is a St. Charles resident and a senior at Marmion Academy in Aurora. He enjoys running, writing and the occasional confection. Contact him at

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