The Senior Spotlight winner for the month of December is Catrina Petersen. Catrina is the daughter of Elden and Mary Petersen. During her high school career, Catrina was involved in Speech, Spring Musicals, Fall Plays, Student Council, NHS, the RC Chatter, Band, Choir, Madrigals, World Language Club, Soccer, Volleyball, Thespians, and she was a Class Officer.
Her future plans are to attend Columbia College and pursue creative writing, and she hopes to publish fiction someday.
Here are a few thoughts from Catrina’s teachers. Mrs. Sukley was impressed when Catrina, “introduced herself to my new student and asked if she wanted to be part of their band picture they were taking in the gym that day. Not only did Catrina make my new student feel welcome, but Catrina made this new girl feel comfortable and at ease on her first day at RCHS. Catrina truly has a human service heart, and she definitely showed it that day.” Mrs. Valiente says that “Catrina is a hard worker and takes all criticism as constructive (a rare attribute in us all!). She was a joy to have in class and I love working with her in speech as well.” Mrs. Johnston believes that Catrina, “is always cheerful and has a smile on her face. She leads by encouraging others to do their best. She is not afraid of tackling new projects or the hard work it takes to get them done.” Mrs. Dennis says that Catrina is, “sweet, helpful, empathetic, and genuine. She has a soft spot for those who struggle or are hurt. She’s hard working and a talented musician.” Mr. Newsom states that he “wished he had more students like Catrina—she is kind, and considerate, and compassionate of others. She is responsible, and dependable, and honest. When she feels she is right about something, she is resolute about her convictions. And when she is wrong, she will admit it. And she always (ALWAYS, even when you know she’s down or not particularly having a good day) able to find a way to smile, and to laugh, and to brighten your day. Catrina is that rare student who is a genuinely funny person, a genuinely kind person, and a genuinely good person.” Mrs. Bugg says that Catrina has “a contagious smile and is always helpful and happy! A definite positive influence and great role model to all people at RCHS.” Mr. Brand enjoys that Catrina is “kind, caring, and always brings a smile to your face.” Ms. Askew appreciates that Catrina “goes out of her way to help others and brighten their day.” Mrs. Leveille says that Catrina is “extremely energetic, polite and positive all of the time!” Mr. Gleixner believes that Catrina “is a great example for younger students who strive to be a great student.” Mrs. Van Duyne admires that Catrina is “such an amazing person to be around. Her sincerity is one of her dearest qualities. She always has a smile on her face no matter what the situation and stays strong for her friends and teammates when need be.” Mrs. Barber says Catrina is “probably one of the most positive students I have ever met. She always has a smile on her face, and consistently goes out of her way to make others smile too. On many occasions I have witnessed her reaching out to a new student to make them feel comfortable. She has a gift of being able to instantly ‘connect’ with others.” Mrs. Patton believes that Catrina is “one of the happiest people I know. She always has a smile on her face and makes others happy as well. She’s always willing to help out without question. I have never seen her complain or get down on herself. Catrina has a very positive outlook on life that is contagious to others.” Mrs. Olszta says Catrina is “a very hard worker and dedicated student. You have to love a kid who actually enjoys homework and studying!”
As a final thought, Catrina’s advice to younger students is, “Always stay positive and be the change you want to see in the world.”
On behalf of the teachers and staff at RCHS, we would like to congratulate Catrina Petersen as our December winner of the “Senior Spotlight”.