Meet the Nottingham HS Valedictorian & Salutatorian!

     Published on 5/23/17   Tagged under:    District News    Nottingham High School   

Lauren Ashby
Nottingham Valedictorian
 
Lauren plans to attend Sarah Lawrence College where she would like to focus on Public Policy.
 
What activities have you been involved in outside of class/outside of school? Varsity soccer, theater, Seeds of Peace, Key Club, National Honor Society (VP), Ski Club, Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, Travel Club, Orange & Blue Ambassadors, Community-wide Dialogue.
 
What was your proudest moment in high school? Making Varsity soccer freshman year and being cast as one of the leads in our school musical (Pippin) my junior year.
 
What has been the best part of your high school career and why? I don’t know that I can pick just one thing! I guess all of the opportunities I’ve had. I’ve had an amazing experience here – especially with soccer, theater and Seeds of Peace. Those are like little families for me. I’ve met amazing people and have made amazing friends here.
 
What’s the best thing you’ve learned over the course of your time in the SCSD? To be proud of yourself and where you come from. Our community sometimes has a bad reputation but I haven’t had that experience. I’ve learned to challenge myself without competing with other people around me, and my friends have cheered me on and helped me succeed.
 
What advice would you give to other students as they continue their studies here? Compete with yourself, not those around you. You can fulfill your ambitions while still having friends… push yourself to do your best and don’t worry about what others are doing!
 
Who helped you the most to get to this point? My parents, because they’ve always set the example for me that I should work hard and do what makes me happy without worrying about what other people would think.
 
What do you hope to achieve by the time you’re 30? I hope to work in public policy, so maybe I will be starting to work on reforming the educational system! I want to be doing something to make the world a better place – I’ve realized that that’s become my niche!
 
 
Molly Bankert
Nottingham Salutatorian
 
Molly has committed to attend Syracuse University but is also on several waitlists. She plans to study history. “I’ve always been kind of a history nerd,” she said. “I think it’s interesting to make connections to the past and how it influences how the world is now.”
 
What activities have you been involved in outside of class/outside of school? Varsity lacrosse, indoor track, student government (senior class secretary), National Honor Society (VP), Mock Trial, Key Club, Community-wide Dialogue.
 
What was your proudest moment in high school? Some of my proudest moments have come when there’s a difficult situation in class and I have to use the skills my teachers have given me to solve them. The moments when something clicks are the moments I’m proud of.
 
What has been the best part of your high school career and why? Being able to take advantage of all of the opportunities my school provided me with, academically and socially. Our diversity and academic offerings really help prepare us for the real world and set us a step ahead.
 
What’s the best thing you’ve learned over the course of your time in the SCSD? To be proud of the community we come from. Some of the suburban schools seem so cutthroat, but our close community has really helped me grow!
 
What advice would you give to other students as they continue their studies here? Take every opportunity you can get and run with it! Give it your all. You have to work hard because you get what you put in. You can’t expect the world if you don’t give the world everything that you have.
 
Who helped you the most to get to this point? Everyone who surrounds me… my family, friends and teachers. They inspire me and push me to do my best. I use their energy to help me be the best I can be!
 
What do you hope to achieve by the time you’re 30? I hope to be putting what I learned in college to use. Maybe I’ll be writing a history book or doing research—taking the ideals that are part of our country and trying to learn from them and find ways that we can eliminate prejudice and improve our country moving forward.