Dioni Rey has a zest for life
Besides being an excellent student and soccer player, Dioni Rey distinguishes herself from others with her distinctive laugh. It’s so distinctive that people recognize her laugh before they even know she’s in the room.
“She just lights up a room when she laughs,” said Debbie Barnes, a math teacher at Douglas High School.
Rey recently graduated with honors from DHS and will attend the University of Notre Dame this fall.
Her many activities in high school included soccer, science club and National Honor Society while keeping up with a schedule full of honors and advanced placement classes. Rey took honors English, history, chemistry and calculus.
“I found something interesting in every class,” Rey said. She credits some of her success in school to her memory.
“I have an easy time remembering facts,” she said.
Rey said her parents, Mary and Jesus Rey, grandparents, Jose and Emily Rivera, aunt and uncle Isabel and Carlos Irrabaren, have influenced her success.
Rey mentioned Barnes as one of her favorite teachers along with AP English teacher Dr. Phyllis Bateman.
“I learned so much in English,” Rey said. “Every time I went in there I felt I was going to learn something.”
“I was really lucky as far as math goes because I had Mrs. Barnes.”
Barnes said she enjoyed having Rey in her math classes.
“She has a real zest for life that comes out in the class room and the soccer field,” Barnes said.
Rey played midfield for the varsity soccer team for three years at DHS. She also played on the Nevada Olympic Development Program team for four years.
With ODP Rey got to travel to Wyoming and Oregon for regional soccer camps and tournaments.
She started playing soccer when she was 6 years old when her parents signed her up for a youth league.
“That was when they were co-ed. That was funny,” Rey said. Playing with boys, she said, was hard because they never passed the ball to a girl unless she could prove herself.
“I got a bloody nose every game.”
Rey’s parents have been very supportive and would try to attend all of her soccer games.
“I would almost always have at least one parent there,” she said.
Rey considered playing soccer in college but decided to stick with studying and playing intermural soccer for fun.
“Sports are always fun but I would never make it my life,” she said.
At Notre Dame Ray plans to study architecture. Her interest in architecture started in elementary school when she would design and build forts.
Rey is also excited about Notre Dame’s famous football games.
“They have so much tradition at that school,” she said. “It felt like such a community.”
She said she’s also excited and a little nervous about college. She compared the journey she will take to South Bend, Ind. where Notre Dame is located, as a heroic quest in a romantic archetype.
“I think it will be really cool to meet new people. It’s kind of scarry but really cool.”
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