Senior Spotlight — Katy Hopkins, Southeast High School
Senior Spotlight — Katy Hopkins
Katy Hopkins, a senior at Southeast High School, said she wouldn’t have graduated if it wasn’t for the support she received from three staff members who she calls her “school family.”
“My freshman year started out rough. After my grandma died during my 8th grade year. I was going through a hard time and I started to act out. I didn’t care about school and I was hanging out with friends who really weren’t my friends,” she said.
During her sophomore year, she still struggled, but she started to work harder. She developed relationships with three staff members who she credits for helping her earn her diploma.
“I can definitely say that I would not be graduating if it wasn’t for them,” she said.
Hopkins said Southeast’s counselor, April Buckley, assistant principal Jacob Henning, and her seminar teacher, Lauren Fallin, helped her get on the right track to graduate.
“They would sit with me and listen. They pushed me and saw something in me that I didn’t see at the time,” she said. “That’s when I realized that people really do care about me and I have to work hard and graduate so I don’t disappoint them.”
Hopkins also wants to graduate to be a positive role model for her niece.
She said she was never a strong student and didn’t think she would go to college, but now she plans to go to Butler Community College in the fall. She is thinking about going into pediatrics because she loves being around kids.
“I’m excited and I’m very emotional,” Hopkins said about graduating. “I never thought it would happen, but here I am!”