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Student Spotlight: Catherine Martin '21

Get involved! Try something new. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone: join an interesting club like Model UN or Animal Awareness, run for student government, try out for a sports team like field hockey or basketball, and take challenging classes. You are capable of so much. Be positive, and enjoy high school!

As the Stuart Executive President, what are your goals for this year?

During these unprecedented times, we aim to make school as normal as possible. We want to create an environment for students to thrive and (most importantly) have fun. This year, Student Government will organize Stuart’s first virtual college major fair. College students will share their majors to our student body. Students will gain an understanding of what they would like to study in college. Student Government will work alongside Social and Spirit Club to plan spirit weeks and host safe and exciting virtual or in-person events. In February, we will organize our first virtual town hall where students will share thoughts, opinions, suggestions and concerns about Stuart. In the spring, we plan to host a school-wide clothing drive to raise funds for Student Government events.

How long have you been at Stuart, and how do you think you have grown during your time? 

I have been at Stuart since fourth grade. When I came to Stuart, I was shy, reserved, and introverted. I did not feel comfortable to participate in class discussions and activities. My teachers and fellow classmates pushed me out of my comfort zone. As I matured, I broke out of my shell and started to gain confidence. Now, I always sit in the front of the classroom, engage in discussions, and ask thought-provoking questions.

What are your favorite classes and why?

During high school, one of my favorite classes was AP Computer Science Principles taught by Ms.Testa. I was hesitant to take APCSP because I was afraid of coding. Ms.Testa gives us confidence. She teaches us that struggling is a part of learning. I enjoyed our thoughtful, captivating, and useful discussions. Ms.Testa applied every lesson to the real world. We learned about the benefits and drawbacks of social media, the internet, robots, and so on. I became aware of how technology plays a role in our society. Honestly, APCSP was one of the most difficult classes I took because coding can take hours, days, or weeks. I learn that anyone is capable of learning any subject; effort is key to success, and I want to learn about technology in college. 

As a multi-sport athlete, what have you enjoyed about the athletics program? What have you learned about leadership, and what will you miss?

Sports enabled me to connect with girls from different grades, backgrounds, and ethnicities. We are a family. I enjoy our game-day atmosphere; everyone is hyped, excited, and ready to play. On the field/court, I have learned the importance of communication, perseverance, and motivation. I use these skills during meetings, writing speeches, communicating with faculty members, and so on. Our coaches are helpful, encouraging and want us to succeed. They provide amazing opportunities. For example, my basketball coach wanted us to become one of the top basketball teams in the country. We have to play the best to learn from the best. For the first time in Stuart history, the basketball team traveled to Arizona, Florida, and D.C. I will miss my coaches and teammates so much next year. I cannot wait to visit next year to see games. 

What do you hope to pursue after Stuart?

At the moment, I am not sure what I would like to do, but I hope to pursue a career in technology. I love technology, and through technology, we can create a more equitable world.

Considering all of your experiences over the years at Stuart and the goals you have for yourself, what words of advice can you offer younger students? 

Get involved! Try something new. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone: join an interesting club like Model UN or Animal Awareness, run for student government, try out for a sports team like field hockey or basketball, and take challenging classes. You are capable of so much. Be positive, and enjoy high school!


 

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