Stillwater High School
PARENTS: Crystal Baker and Justin Staie
COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: Attending Siena’s dual degree nursing program and plan on getting my BSN and become an RN.
AFTER COLLEGE: I want to do travel nursing for a couple of years and eventually go to PA school to become a surgical physician assistant and specialize in cardiothoracic or an acute care nurse practitioner. I’m hoping to be living in South Carolina and working in a hospital.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF THE LAST YEAR OF SCHOOL and THE MOST REWARDING: It is definitely different than I expected my graduation would be, but I’m just thankful we actually get graduation.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC/HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED: I learned not to take anything for granted and to enjoy the little things in life. I think this time period has taught us how to adopt to unexpected changes and make the most out of our current situations. A memory I’ll never forget was our prom. I’m not a super big prom person but I still had a lot of fun and am glad we were able to do it this year.
WHAT IS THE MEMORY OF SCHOOL YOU WILL NEVER FORGET/WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: I will definitely miss playing soccer the most. The feeling of getting ready in the locker room, walking out to our playlist, and playing under the lights with all our fans watching is a feeling I don’t know if I’ll ever get to experience again. Also, winning states back to back is something I’ll never forget. I will miss the bus rides and team bonding and walking out to the field getting ready to play with 10 of my best friends.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: Queen, Kanye west, Travis Scott, Chris Brown, Elton John
BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: I think the best part is getting to start the next chapter in our lives and go to college to pursue our future careers.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: My mother inspires me; she is the reason I want to go into the medical field. I would not be the person I am today or accomplish what I have without her; she’s my best friend. My dad also inspires me; he’s always pushing me to do my best whether it’s in school or soccer, and he teaches me things that I will need for the future. Kiersten Conroy is also someone who has inspired me over the years. We have pushed each other since middle school to get the best grades and be the best students and I wouldn’t want to be the top of our class with anyone else.