Salisbury Top Ten Student – Catherine Kenyon

by Lynn Fuini-Hetten on May 31, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 7.57.22 PMThis post was contributed by Catherine Kenyon.

What accomplishments at SHS make you the most proud?
I loved many aspects of Salisbury, but being a part of the Salisbury Debate Team will definitely stick with me as I move forward. We made it to finals both my junior and senior years, and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful or funny group of people to get us there. Being at school at 6:30 in the morning pays off!

What was your most memorable learning experience at SHS?
There are so many experiences that it’s hard to choose! I guess tenth grade was the most memorable learning time for me, if solely for the reason that it was my first year in the high school. (I missed freshman year due to a bad concussion). Mr. Barna, the American Cultures II teacher, spun history into stories, which made his class so much fun. We also acted out different historical events, including the Kennedy assassination and Kent State … those moments are unforgettable.

What are you doing after graduation?
I am heading off to Massachusetts to attend Wellesley College in the fall.

What goals do you have for your future?
I’m not yet sure what I want to study, but I’m interested in international relations and genetics. I would like to minor in a language –– probably Spanish, although I’m also considering Arabic –– and be able to travel abroad during my studies. As of right now, working for the government or the UN would be a dream for me, but I also know my plans will probably change as I move through college. So, right now, my only concrete plan is to graduate from Wellesley and work my way forward.

How has STSD prepared you for that future?
SHS is such a small community. It means that everyone knows everything about everyone –– which can be a little weird –– but it also forces you to be a better student because your peers and teachers have expectations for you that are hard to avoid. In Salisbury, you are never a faceless student … people will push you, and that personal interaction and instruction has made my time at Salisbury very important.

What advice would you offer future seniors?
As stressful as this whole time can be –– applications, passing classes, tying up loose ends –– make sure to take time to enjoy the process. It’s really hard to do so (I rarely took a breather!), but it’s worth it if you do. It’s your last year of high school. You may never see some of these people again. Remember that.

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