Schalmont High School
PARENTS: John and Jennifer Galvin
COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: I plan to attend UAlbany and pursue a degree in political science.
AFTER COLLEGE: I would like to run for political office in New York.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF THE LAST YEAR OF SCHOOL and THE MOST REWARDING: My last year of high school has been very different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I wasn’t able to interact with friends and teachers in the same way as years past. Many cherished events didn’t happen, and others were significantly altered by new guidelines and restrictions. Online classes were certainly a challenge as well. However, I think that this year has allowed me to be more appreciative of the little things. I thoroughly enjoyed all the club activities, class lectures, lunchtime conversations, and band practices of my senior year. While they may have been different, they still happened. I am extremely grateful for all of my friends, family members, and teachers who stayed strong and helped me to adapt to the new normal.
What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic/how have you changed: I have become a more responsible, mature, and compassionate. In March 2020, I couldn’t think of going a few days without my friends. We would hang out, watch movies, play video games, and laugh. When the pandemic hit, I knew that things would be different. … I connected with people via social media, but it wasn’t the same as spending time in person. I felt miserable and frustrated, unsure if I would be able to last even another month. I realized that I couldn’t let the pandemic gain the upper hand. I needed to adjust to the new normal, improve my mental, social, and physical health. I set goals each day, practiced better time, participated in my classes, and ran for Student Council Executive Board president. I learned that I’m a resilient and diligent person who can survive a great deal of stress.
WHAT IS THE MEMORY OF HIGH SCHOOL YOU WILL NEVER FORGET/WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: I won’t forget most of my memories from high school – the time I spent with my friends in classes and extracurricular activities like Model UN, Key Club, Student Council, Environmental Club, Masterminds, Riverwatch, etc. I loved being able to serve as Student Council Executive Board president. This role helped me to learn more about leadership, time management, and giving back to the community. I will miss attending school every day, seeing everyone, and having unexpected moments of fun.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: I love the music that my dad plays, especially bands like the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, James Taylor, and Fleetwood Mac.
FAVORITE BOOK OR AUTHOR: I love J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and “The Silmarillion.”
BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: I get to pursue new adventures and opportunities. I can’t wait to learn more at college. I’m excited to meet new people and forge new connections.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: The values of leadership, service, success, and integrity inspire me every day. I’ve endeavored to realize these principles, pursuing activities that allow me to participate in a range of interests and enjoy myself. I want to offer change and optimism for America’s future as a forward-thinking policymaker and fulfill my duty as an American citizen, contribute to this great democracy, and keep our country moving in the right direction.