Senait Zerom: Singing her way to success


Senior Senaiet Zerom sings “Let It Go” during the arts assembly on May 23. It was a combination piece from the hit Disney movie “Frozen,” with the band, orchestra and choir all joining in to a lovable, current hit.

By Jannon Roque

With her powerful yet graceful voice ringing loud, Senaiet Zerom is leaving high school on a high note.

Zerom has found several areas of passion in her years at MTHS. While maintaining an above-average GPA, she is also a member of the women’s varsity basketball team, Dynamics choir and Black Student Union. However, one passion of hers shines among the rest: singing.
“It started when I was really young, I always loved singing but I never felt like I really had a voice,” Zerom’s said.
Her passion for the art was something she wanted since she was little. Unlike her other activities, singing is something she wanted for herself.
“Singing wasn’t really my number one thing. I started doing of course basketball but I was also part of a modeling, singing, acting, dancing agency,” she said.
“Those were mostly my parents’ dreams, my dream was to be singing and that was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
Zerom said she began taking her singing seriously in middle school. Going onto high school furthered her ever-growing career even more.
For her senior project, she decided to write and record a song.
“I’ve always written in a recording studio, but I always just did covers,” she said.
“I never did my own personal stuff, then before my senior project I actually wrote one of my first songs called ‘Running Away.’”
For her project, Zerom produced an EP, a half album.
The self-titled album consists of three songs: “Running Away,” “All My Love” and “The Worst/From Time Mashup.”
Part of Zerom’s project was to focus on a song that she felt was “out of her comfort zone.”
Writing “All My Love” as an energetic song to compliment her slow, emotional type of song choice.
“I leaked it on Soundcloud about a month ago….I’m already at a little over 2,000 views. It’s been shared and it was on the radio in Atlanta.”
The journey for Zerom wasn’t one that was easily paved for her, though. Like many other aspiring artists, she faced difficulties to get to where she is today.
During her freshman and sophomore years, Zerom was diagnosed with anemia, an illness where the body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells that transport oxygen to your tissues.
“[Anemia] didn’t have any direct effect on my singing….it made it so that I had no energy. It stopped me from coming to school and [made me go] to the hospital all the time, so singing wasn’t really my main focus freshman and sophomore year,” Zerom said.
Despite being held back by the illness, Zerom found the motivation to push through it with her parents support. Being home throughout her underclassman years, Zerom found listening to music and writing songs calming to her.
“To push me through it…my parents were going through a divorce at the time and seeing them both work together to try to get me better…[Anemia] was deathly and they really wanted me to survive…that pushed me more seeing my parents work together for at least the last time,” she said.
Zerom’s role model for her singing was her cousin.
Not being exposed to a lot of singing at a young age, she found solace in her older cousin’s singing throughout her younger years.
“That’s all I remember, growing up listening to her sing,” she said.
Through this, Zerom drew her inspiration to become better without any stops.
With a new chapter for her life on the horizon, Zerom plans to attend Washington State University for four years and then go to the University of Washington for two years to obtain her graduate degree.
She plans on majoring in business. Her dream is to open a recording studio for kids in Seattle searching for their passions. Regardless of where she is, she plans on finding her path as a singer.
“Whether I’m in a different state, city, anything, I know that I want to pursue singing, and get my name out there.” Zerom said.
Zerom leaves behind her Terrace career with these words to not only current students at MTHS, but also anyone else it can relate to.
“Any school is going to be hard to get through for four years, it’s a long time,” she said.
Offering advice to her fellow students, Zerom said, “You’re around the same people all the time, it’s going to be hard. If you have one thing that really motivates you, that you want to be successful in, focus on it.” H