Senior Spotlight: Caitlin Reed
Name: Caitlin Reed
Birthday: December 12
Significant Other: Sean Kelly
Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite Drink: Redbull
Dream Car: Some type of Motorcycle.
Dream Vacation: Iceland
Favorite Clothing: Goth/Alternative fashion
Favorite Song: “Return to Serenity” by Testament
Favorite Music Group: Pierce the Veil
Favorite TV Show: Molang
Favorite Movie: The Crow
Hobbies: Art, studying Psychology, Embroidery, studying True Crime Cases
Favorite Sport: I don’t like sports very much.
Favorite Sport Team: I don’t have one.
Favorite Restaurant: Dairy Queen
Favorite Actor: Brandon Lee
Favorite Actress: Sarah Paulson
Favorite Place to Go: A secluded waterfall near German Ridge.
Favorite Color: Pastel Pink
Favorite Holiday: Halloween
Favorite Cartoon Character: Piu Piu from Molang
Favorite Thing to Do: Draw and watch True Crime.
Favorite Pet: Cats and Ferrets
Favorite Amusement Park: Amusement Parks make me too nervous.
Favorite Subject: English
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Hinton
Favorite Elementary Teacher: Mrs. Tretter
Favorite Place to Go After School: Home or a park
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch: A park
Favorite Thing to Watch on Netflix: Molang
Dream Job: Artist
Favorite Quote: Kind of cliché, but: “This too shall pass.”
If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? Stability and happiness for all of my loved ones, a cure for cancer, and better mental health studies and resources.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Living somewhere cozy, just being content with my cats and my artwork.
If you could go back to any age, what would it be and why? 5 years old, because life is never hard for a five year old.
Plans after High School: Attend college for Art
High School Activities and Clubs: I was never in any.
Accomplishments and Awards: I earned Honor Roll Freshman year.
Most Memorable Moment: The time Mr. Cooper let students do construction in his class and started a small fire.
What will you miss most about CHS? An environment that felt like we were all almost a family in a way. Everyone knows everyone, which can be a good and a bad thing, but more than anything it’s better to feel known than feel invisible.
Advice for underclassmen: It’s not as hard as it seems like it will be, and communication is a huge thing that will help you. If you need help or you’re struggling with your mental health and it’s putting you behind on work, express that to your teacher. They will likely understand and work with you to find a solution. Also, try not to let certain people and drama get in the way of your success. You’re better than that, and you don’t need to waste any of your time on petty drama.
It will always hold you back, and there’s so much more to your life than that. The last thing, just show up. Literally you can struggle finishing work and passing tests but if you just show up and write down some half-attempted answers on your homework, you’ll pass with at least a C- most likely. Even if you do bad on the tests.
A message to your family, friends, anyone important:
To my Grandma: Thank you for pushing me to work harder when I was trying to give up. Thank you for always believing in me and never letting me down. You have done more for me than anyone else and I would not be graduating, or even alive, if it weren’t for your love and support. You stuck by me even when I was being so difficult, and I am forever grateful for that. I love you endlessly.
To Jesse: You’ve been my best friend since we were kids, and through so many ups and, though all of the crazy things and trauma we both went through in our lives, and all of the times we were separated and didn’t talk. You were always still there for me. Not a day has gone by since we met where I didn’t feel love from you. I wasn’t always the greatest friend, when I was hurting I could be harsh, but you still showed me nothing but love and support and I would not be alive if it weren’t for you being there for me through my darkest times. I love you endlessly.
To my Mom: Thank you for always standing up for me when I needed you to. Thank you for listening to me when I told you how hurt I was. Thank you for working so hard to get better. You’re at such an amazing place in life right now and I couldn’t be more proud of you. Seeing you happy and healthy makes me so happy. If it weren’t for all of the work you put in to get better, we would both still be in such a dark place and I don’t think either of us would have made it out okay. I love you endlessly.
To my Dad: Thank you for being the kindest person I’ve ever had in my life. Thank you for never belittling me, or making me feel bad. You always believed in me and encouraged me to continue my artwork and writing. Thank you for hanging every sloppy drawing and note I ever gave to you on your wall. Thank you for believing in me more than anyone else did. You never judged me when I started dressing weird, you never treated me like I was different, and you never tried to dull my passion for things that I loved. You supported me in everything that I did, something that no one else has ever done for me. When I was with you I felt like I could be my most authentic self. Thank you for fighting to stay alive for me even though all of the chemo and hospital visits wore you down and tore you apart. Thank you for watching over me now, reminding me that I am never alone. Fly high, I love you endlessly.