Throughout her time at SHS, Katie Riley has participated in many activities that have helped her prepare for life after high school. In addition to being a member of the Class of 2020 club, the National English and Spanish Honor Societies and the crew and tennis teams, she was co-president of the National History Honor Society, in which she helped bring some memorable speakers to the school over the past few years including Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss and documentarian Joe Allen. Through history classes and her inspiring teachers, Katie found her passion for public policy and research.
After graduation, she will attend Union College to study economics. She credits the 2-year course she took at SHS called Cambridge Global Perspectives and Research to finding this major and her path for the future. “The research based learning and the independent work helped me to find my true passion. It also showed me I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college where I could work closely with professors.” At SHS, she credits Mr. Corini, Mrs. Cleary and Mrs. Minick as three teachers that really helped push her learning beyond her comfort zone.
Katie’s favorite memory at SHS was being on the crew team. It was a second family to her and no matter what time they were up practicing (sometimes 4am) they always had fun. “Being on the crew team taught me how to push myself mentally and physically and how to be the best version of myself I could be.”