By Daniel Hunt.
It has been a busy time for senior Kaitlyn Ebert lately.
After signing with Eastern Illinois to join their fabulous track team just last week, Kaitlyn was generous enough to sit down with me to reflect on her accomplishments, future, and exactly what she will miss from the prime of her high school days. All photographs were taken by senior Jacob Stockwell.
Tell us about your college. Have you decided on a major?
I will be going to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. I will be a part of the track and field team as a discus and javelin thrower. EIU is a Division 1 athletic program in the Ohio Valley Conference, and their women’s track and field team won 11 out of their last 15 conference championships. It is a beautiful school, and everyone that I met on my visit was extremely welcoming. I will have a dual major in Telecommunications and Public Relations, with a minor in Political Science.
Do you have a favorite sports memory from a special game/event?
The County Championship was definitely very special for me. It was the first time in my high school career that I won first place in all three events at this specific meet. It was just a tribute to the work that I’ve done over the past four years.
First of all, I attribute the selection of my major and my passion I have for communications to Mrs. Lee. She has inspired me to continue working with a news program past high school and she has already opened so many opportunities for me.
Secondly, Mrs. Hill. She has practically been my mom on campus. She challenged me while I was in her class, and after the completion of anatomy, I still go to her for everything. I love her to death and I will always have great memories from her as a teacher,
Finally, I would say Mr. Beam. I absolutely loved my time in AP US History; he encouraged my enthusiasm for past and current events, and I am so blessed that I was able to be a part of his last full year at Foley. I know that I will keep in touch with him far past graduation.
What will you miss about high school?
I will miss the teachers honestly. Each one added something special to my life. They all encouraged me to reach my full potential, I can’t thank them enough for that.
Any advice for the current freshman class?
START THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE!!!!!! I know it seems far away, but the more work and preparation you do now, it will take away the stress from senior year.
1- Start looking for your perfect school and major.
2- If you are an athlete, start filling out recruiting questionnaires.
3-TAKE THE ACT NOW! I promise you will thank me later.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself either working as a PR manager at a business/entertainment company , or as an anchor for a news station. Where? I’m not quite sure. All I know is that I will be in a big city. New York, Chicago, LA, or London… The doors are wide open.