04/16/12 Plymouth High School graduate Katie Day was excited about being named in the Top 100 Butler University students for the year out of the junior and senior classes; but when her name was announced at the April 13 banquet honoring her as one of the top ten, she was overwhelmed. This is Day’s second year in reaching the Top 100 level.
She was chosen for the honor out of approximately 2,500 students in the two classes, along with pharmacy and physician assistant majors. Students are chosen for their academic record, leadership qualities, and community service. Additionally, she had to submit an essay on one of her experiences. She chose to write about volunteering on remote farms and businesses in Ireland last summer.
Sharing a few words about Day’s accomplishments was the Head of the Political Science Department at Butler, Terri Jett. Although Day switched her interests in her college studies to education, she continues to take courses in political science. During her years at PHS before graduating in 2008, Day competed for the Speech and Debate team and advanced to national competition in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Although graduation is only a few short weeks away, her studies will continue. From June 3 to July 6 Day will be studying at a summer institute in Atlanta, GA. She said, “The classes are very intense and we will be expected to be in class six days a week.”
In between graduating from Butler and moving to Atlanta, Day will be marrying fellow Butler student Brendan Quinn on May 20. They will be traveling to Alaska for their honeymoon, before heading to Atlanta.
Following the advanced educational training, Day will be teaching with the Teach For America program in South Carolina. Her commitment with Teach For America is a minimum of two years.
Day said, “College has gone fast. I don’t know where my senior year went.” During her college years, she volunteered and toured in six foreign countries. Recently she competed in her first full-length marathon at a competition in Ohio.
Attending the honor banquet on Friday were her parents Lori and Ron Day along with her brother Eric. Day said, “I’m grateful for my family, my good friends, and the people who have helped me make it this far.”
L to R: Eric Day, Lori Day,Ron Day, Katie Day and Brendan Quinn
Carol Anders Correspondent