by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Taking on the World

student_glaude1Evin Lillian Glaude knows how to work an audience. “It runs in the family,” she stated. Evin’s father – a professional DJ – is a big influence. “Music has and always will be a huge part of my life,” said Evin, who has been involved in eight productions at her school, Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBV). But, believe it or not, Evin wasn’t always so sure about her performing abilities. “I began to do theater and dance through RBV’s departments during my freshmen year of high school,” explained Evin. “After working with my directors and choreographer, I began to see talents in myself I never knew I had. Just by believing in myself and having others do that too, I found myself growing.”

Today, Evin is given lead roles and has won many accolades for her performances, including Best Cameo for her role in The Little Mermaid and Best Supporting Actress for her role as the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. “RBV theater and dance is how and why I’ve grown and continue to grow in all areas of my life,” said Evin.

“I want kids to understand that they’re not the only ones going through whatever it may be, that it will get better, and that you have a purpose.”

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Perhaps it is her success in theater and dance that has motivated Evin to help her peers find that same success in life. “As a peer counselor it is my job to listen and understand students on a mutual level and make their high school career as healthy and manageable as possible,” described Evin, who is also a member of RBV’s Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS), a group that aims to protect, connect, and educate students in an effort to create an inclusive culture on campus and in the community. “Being a peer counselor and a PLUS member is exactly what I want to do with my life,” shared Evin. “This idea of spreading love and unity among youth and supporting and motivating each other in all that we do is something too beautiful and freeing to throw away.”


Name: Evin Lillian Glaude (18)
School: Rancho Buena Vista High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Donald Glaude and Frances Mouser
Siblings: Brandon (28), Adonis (25), Christian (22)
Favorite Local Spot: Yellow Deli


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Evin is also co-president of RBV’s Gender Sexuality Alliance Club, whose purpose is to establish a safe environment for students to discuss and bring awareness to LGBT issues. “I want kids to understand that they’re not the only ones going through whatever it may be, that it will get better, and that they have a purpose,” stated Evin. “You must truly love yourself first before you love others, and once you have that, you can take on the world.”