Steven Archuleta has no trouble admitting that he has endured his share of hardships, yet he continues to see the good things in his life, and wouldn’t alter a thing.

“There’s obvious stuff like world hunger that I’d like to fix, but there’s nothing in my daily life that I feel is that negative. I’m not really sure what I would change about the world. I kind of like it the way it is,” he said.

Archuleta was born in Taos on Nov. 14, 1995 to Vanessa Mondragón and Orlando Archuleta. His siblings are Melissa, 13, and Juliet, 9. His grandparents are Flora and Orlando Archuleta, Sr.

A senior in high school, Archuleta’s favorite subject is art. “My art teacher, Mr. Hensley has been very inspiring. I love drawing a lot. I want to learn to paint too. That’s what I want to do with my life,” he said.

Archuleta is the drum captain of the Taos High School Marching Band.

“It’s one of my favorite things about school,” he said. “Our director, Mr. Allais has done a great job with us. I just love playing music, and meeting people from other schools’ bands.”

Although the drums are his favorite, Archuleta also enjoys playing guitar, bass guitar, and piano. Before he became more tied up with schoolwork, Archuleta would spend hours a day playing instruments.

“I’ve always loved music, so I wanted to play it myself. But I also love listening to music. My favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They’re the kind of band I can listen to and never get tired of no matter what I’m doing,” Archuleta said.

For recreation, Archuleta enjoys writing music, drawing, going to the park, watching movies, and playing games.

Archuleta’s favorite movie is “Mulan,” and his favorite book is “The Lord of the Flies.”

The place Archuleta most likes visiting is Denver, Colo.

“I like that it’s really big, and there’s so much to do. I especially like spending time in downtown Denver,” he said. Although he grew up in Roswell, Archuleta has become more accustomed to life in Taos. “I wasn’t used to it at first because of all the open space, but now I like going for walks, fishing, and riding my bike on the hills,” said Archuleta

When daily life becomes monotonous, Archuleta enjoys spending time with friends. “It helps me escape from all of my schoolwork, college preparation stuff, and chores. I’m able to let loose and have fun,” Archuleta said. His closest friends are Darren Párraz, Emily Vigard, and Andrea Durán.

Moreover, the person who inspires him most is his mother. “She’s a really brave person,” he said.

Looking forward to his high school graduation, Archuleta plans to attend college to study animation or architecture. “I’m excited to take the next step in my life, and it doesn’t really matter what I’m doing as long as it makes me happy,” said Archuleta.

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