Class of 2021: Makaila Adair – Schenectady High School

Makaila Adair - Schenectady High School
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Makaila Adair - Schenectady High School

Schenectady High School

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Makaila Adair

Valedictorian

Parents: Amanda and Derek Adair

College or other plans:  RPI  majoring in chemical engineering

After college: I want to continue my education as much as possible to learn as much as I can.

What has been the hardest part of the last year of school and the most rewarding: The hardest part of this school year was finding motivation to attend online classes every day. The most rewarding part was being able to reflect and grow as a person through my academics.

What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic/how have you changed: During the pandemic I believe I developed a better understanding of how grateful I am for what I do have and also to live more and plan less. Growing up I always was so dedicated to the student I was; after the pandemic I became equally dedicated to the person I was as well.

What is the memory of high school you will never forget: In my junior year right before the pandemic, we went on a field trip to New York City where we visited the Nation History Museum and it was breathtaking.

What will you miss most about high school: My teachers, specifically Ms. Lin, Ms. Wygal and Mr. Rosenthal. Not only did they all motivate me, but they were understanding and supportive. I’m very grateful because I know how rare these types of teachers are.

What’s in your music player: I have a lot of 2000s-2015s R&B in my Apple Music.

Favorite book or author: “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death” by Caitlin Doughty

Best part about graduating: Being able to put the last year and a half of online school behind me and start fresh.

Who or what inspires you: My grandmother, growing up not only did, she worked hard to be an RN, but she also put so much effort into treating others well. I hope one day I can find a balance like she did between good character and being good at my occupation.

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