Paulina Hill, who lives in Midland Park, is the daughter of Heidi and Robert Hill, sister of Robbie Hill and niece of Lisa Cramer.
Even though she has such a busy schedule, she made time to answer a few questions for me so we could get to know her better.
Paulina, what high school do you attend and what activities do you participate in?
I go to Midland Park High School and participate in musical, drama, madrigals, select chorus, ensemble, French club, French and national honors society, cross country and track.
Are you planning to go to college? If so, where and what will be your major?
Yes, I will be attending Montclair State University in the fall of 2016. My major will be Musical Theater, obtaining a bachelor of fine arts.
What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of school?
I enjoy dance, collecting nesting dolls, singing, artistic projects, swimming, Girl Scouts, charity work through church, gigs with my father performing, and summer theater intensives.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My Aunt Lisa has devoted her whole life to being a devoted, generous, and fun-loving Christian and if I had an ounce of her strength and love for other people, I would be contented. I can’t imagine life without her.
What activities have you participated in at MPUMC?
Youth group, dance group, garage sales, cookie walks, special music, community day, dinners and various events.
Who has been the biggest influence in your church and why?
Pastor Pak has influenced hundreds of following Christians, whether it is through his kindness of praying over my dying grandfather or preaching a moving sermon.
If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be and why?
If I could meet Martin Luther King, I would ask him how he managed to stay peaceful and steady through times of ultimate suppression. I have always specifically looked up to this man for his ingenious intelligence that I saw through his letter from the Birmingham Jail to the white clergymen. The way in which he wittingly criticized the white folk without being direct or argumentative astounds me. He was a bastion for his era, which is all I want to be for mine.
What is the best thing that ever happened to you?
Winning the Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Best Actress gave me the fuel I needed to follow my passion.
What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
After dance class one day, my friends wanted to go to the mall, but I was running late. I ended up grabbing a bite to eat at Aunt Lisa’s house (as usual), and realized I had no pants on! I grabbed a Hawaiian button down shirt from her closet and went to the mall without my pants!
Paulina, thank you so much for sharing this exciting information with us. God bless you, and may all your dreams for the future come true.
Submitted by Barbara Frech