Photo Credit: Samantha Marie Photography

By: Kaelin Hughes/Content Editor

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius

Senior KayLeen Conklin has been an exceptional student at Blue Ridge High School.  A determined athlete, KayLeen played soccer and softball the first half of her high school career, plus track and field and cross country for the latter half.  Conklin has also been involved in student council, serving as the current Senior Class Vice President, and is also Vice President of the Blue Ridge chapter of the National Honor Society.

Besides her involvement in athletics and clubs, KayLeen has also been involved in band, playing the flute and serving as drum major.  She also previously qualified for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Region Band Festival.

Following high school, KayLeen wishes to attend college, but is not sure where, to follow a path of a Biology/Pre-Med major with a minor in music.  Conklin has already been accepted into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine through their early acceptance program and will start her journey at medical school in the fall of 2024.  After completing her studies, KayLeen wishes to become a doctor, specifically a pediatrician. 

Conklin believes the years following high school will be different, but in a good way.  She anticipates becoming more focused on her education, rather than the extracurricular activities she’s been participating in.  Although she intends on focusing more on her studies, KayLeen wishes to audition for ensembles, specifically concert band. She also wishes to continue running, whether it’s for a team or by herself.

Advice Conklin would give to underclassmen would be to be careful where you place your priorities, and be wise with your decisions. She also stresses that you should enjoy your high school years, but not ruin them while doing so.

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