Students of the Week – January 12, 2015

The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
Otter Valley Union High School is proud to name Katy McCarthy of Pittsford as its Student of the Week. Katy is the daughter of Lisa and Stephen McCarthy.
Katy has consistently been on the honor roll. Currently she is enrolled in AP Biology, pre-calculus, AP Literature and AP European History. She is also completing an exploratory ELO, or external learning opportunity. Last spring she joined the Lutra chapter of the National Honor Society. Since freshman year she has achieved excellence in several subjects, including three consecutive years of Spanish.
Katy is heavily involved in the Otter Valley Walking Stick Theater department, recently performing in “Chicago” as June while also choreographing several of the numbers. Currently she is co-directing a one-act play with fellow thespian Andrew Jerome, which will be performed with the rest of the student-directed one-acts in February. She is the current Otter Valley Student Council president, and has been actively involved with student council since freshman year.
She has worked for the past two years at Keith’s Country Store in Pittsford as a cashier. The job has been a great opportunity for her to learn so much about her community and the world around her, and learn practical things that will stick with her throughout college like responsibility, accountability, etc.
Outside of school Katy enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Katy says, “I have learned that high school, much like the rest of life, is a balancing act. It’s not easy to fit in everything that has to be done, but it is worth it at the end of the day.”
Katy has recently been accepted to both the University of Vermont and Fordham University.
Mrs. Dardeck calls Katy “responsible, enthusiastic, and a pleasure to work with,” while Mr. Dwyer describes her as “exuberant, lively, engaged, dynamic and versatile.” Mr. Gerrior says, “Katy has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. … She has excellent written and verbal communication skills, and is extremely organized, reliable and computer literate. Katy can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done. She accomplishes these tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude.”

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