By: Alyssa Wismar
The Squire’s spotlight is shining on Eisenhower senior Kayla Welsh this issue. With all of the dedication and work that is visibly put into all of her clubs and activities throughout the school, including being the President of the Senior Class, and members of various clubs, Welsh has repeatedly made a positive impact on Eisenhower and the student community around her, making her a perfect choice for the spotlight.
To get to know this senior better, The Squire sat down and talked to Welsh about her experiences so far and thoughts on experiences yet to come.
TS: What are some of your favorite high school memories?
Kayla: My senior year has been filled with amazing memories that I will never forget. After I graduate, I will definitely miss being a part of the Pig Pen; some of my favorite memories are going to the games. I have filled my high school time with extracurriculars that I enjoy, such as Student Council, Key Club, Senior Class President, SADD, Yearbook, and Battle of the Books. I feel like my high school career was shortened a lot by COVID-19, so I’ve tried to make my last year count.
TS: What are your favorite hobbies outside of school?
Kayla: I’ve enjoyed spending my time with my friends and family. I have a job at a nursing home, Kinzua Healthcare, and I love every minute I spend with the residents. In my free time I go to Molly Dies for dance.
TS: What is your advice for underclassmen when it comes to grades and studying?
Kayla: My advice to underclassmen is to remember to put your mental health first. It can be easy to get buried under work, but don’t forget to enjoy your high school experience before it is too late.
TS: What are you most excited for when looking forward to college?
Kayla: College will be a whole different atmosphere then high school, which can be scary but exciting at the same time. I can’t wait to be on my own and experience new things while meeting new people.
TS: What influenced your choice of college and what do you want to do?
Kayla: I liked the idea Penn College; a tech school I think is perfect for me because it eliminates classes that aren’t beneficial in my area of study and gets me towards my goal faster. I never thought I would go to a college 3 hours away from home, for a while I thought I was going to attend a University in Erie, but my friend told me about Penn College, and I decided the idea of a 2-year tech college was what I needed. I have always known I wanted to have a career in healthcare, but I never knew what job I wanted; the career center helped a lot with deciding my major. I learned a lot through Health and Medical and it was very beneficial and a smart way to get ahead.
The Squire (TS): What are your plans and ambitions for the future?
Kayla: I plan on attending Pennsylvania College of Technology in Fall of 2023. I have decided to major in Nursing, hoping to become a Labor & Delivery Nurse or work in Pediatrics in the future.
With only four years of high school experiences, it certainly does fly by. The Squire thanks Welsh for sharing, and is happy to hear that she has found ways to make it memorable. We wish you the best of luck as you go towards your future, Kayla!