Senior Feature: Mary Kerr

By: Isabelle Morris/Content Editor

“Have courage and be kind”- Cinderella

When asked what makes this quote so special to her, Kerr said, “It always reminds me to stay positive in hard situations and brings a smile to my face.”

Mary Kerr will be wrapping up her time at Blue Ridge School District come June of 2019. According to Kerr, being a senior “feels long awaited but exciting.” She goes on to say, “I’m glad I’ve got to make a lot of memories with my friends this year and I can’t wait for more to come.”

Kerr has has made quite an impact during her time at Blue Ridge by being a part of various clubs, volunteer opportunities and sports. Kerr held membership in the National Junior Honor Society for three years prior to her induction into the National Honor Society, in which she has been a member for two more years, and is currently the secretary.

Mary serves as head of public relations for the Leo Club, as well. The Leo Club focuses on community outreach and its members organize and participate in numerous volunteer opportunities throughout each year. Some of these events include: Toys-for-Tots, where toys are bought and collected for families in the area; a Veterans Day breakfast and helping hand out thanksgiving meals to the community. Kerr has been a part of the Leo Club for five years.

Kerr has been apart of the Student Council for four years, and has been serving as secretary for the past two. She has also been a part of homecoming committee; prom committee(2 years); pep rally committee; volleyball(3 years); journalism, as social media director;  was voted on the homecoming court, escorted by Brock Gumaer, and she has been a catechist at St. Marys Catholic Church Faith Formation program since September of 2017. On top of all of that Kerr has also challenged herself with various AP classes.

Mary says that her favorite memories are “getting to travel with friends on the Florida trip my sophomore year and to my favorite place -DisneyWorld.” Kerr says that also really enjoyed “prom my junior year because with being on prom committee it was special to see everything from start to finish, seeing everyone’s dresses and the excitement of all the girls getting ready.”

Mrs. Kimberly Davenport has had Mary in two classes throughout high school; Journalism and AP English Language & Composition; and when asked how she felt about Mary she said, “I really feel she is going to be successful at anything she puts her mind to, she is one of the few students who I know is organized and is truly someone who puts effort into everything she does and I know she is going to succeed in college and beyond. ”

Kerr says that her favorite teacher has been Ms. Sarah Yeust because “she teaches really well and she is compassionate towards her students.”  However, she also says that Ms. Sarah Stang and Mrs. Kristen Heller are very special to her because “they’re always there for me, cheer me up on my bad days and make me laugh.”

Mary also says that her advice to underclassmen is “to not stress over things that seem big in the moment but keep working hard and develop good time-management skills.”

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Come fall of 2019, Mary will be attending Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She hopes to apply to Le Moyne’s partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo school of dental medicine when she is a sophomore, but she does have a slight interest in a major in education.

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