Graduating from: Kent-Meridian High School (Kent) with an International Baccalaureate Diploma 

RASKC Teams: Reber Ranch Cat-Care Team & Covington Petco Cat-Care Team 

How your graduation experience will be unique due to the pandemic: Rather than “a graduation ceremony for all seniors to walk, we will walk across a smaller stage individually where our family can witness it. I personally think this takes some of the pressure off of graduation, so I am not too disappointed. My graduating class has done so much in addition to completing around 13 years of schooling, and I don’t think anything could take that away.” 

Hoping this will continue post-pandemic: “That people will continue to reach out and be just as enthusiastic to connect with others, even when we aren’t forced to remain inside. Normally, everyone is so enveloped in their personal lives that they forget to show gratitude and kindness to others. The pandemic has helped others understand how important socializing truly is.” 

Most proud of in the last year or two: “Successfully completing the International Baccalaureate Program amidst the shift into online learning and the hardships that accompanied it. Academics have always been so vital to me, so I feel overjoyed and thrilled. Also being accepted into my future college- Portland State University.” 

Looking forward to: “To getting my first job before beginning college in the fall, and just safely getting out and doing things with those I love and care about. And celebrating my 11th year with my fur-baby S’mores.” 

What’s next: “I’ve still been trying to figure this out! I plan on getting out into the world and pursuing a degree in Environmental Sciences. This will help me establish a career in sustainability and conservation–something I care about greatly and could easily partake in for the remainder of my life and three more if given the opportunity.” 

Most memorable volunteering experience: “There are so many to choose from! I would have to say an interacting with Lola, a stray cat that had recently given birth to kittens. She was the sweetest thing ever. Just being able to connect and show affection towards her for an hour or so was extremely heartwarming and endearing. Volunteering with RASKC has transformed my life in a remarkable way, and I appreciate everyone who has contributed to the shelter in any way at all!” 

Advice to new RASKC volunteers: “Enjoy each and every animal you encounter. Remember to log out after every shift. And try to not only interact with the cats but people whom you meet as well, because it can expand your perception of the world around you.” 

Will you volunteer after graduation?  “I will 100% continue to volunteer after graduation. It has infiltrated my life in the best way possible and can always brighten the toughest days.” 

Fun fact: “I will be the first in my family to attend university.”