In our latest installment of Feature Friday, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic junior Olivia Cassidy, who was recently elected as the Student Council President for the 2022-23 school year.
Cassidy is a Student Ambassador, a member of the National Honor Society, the World Language National Honor Society, and she's an Honor Roll Student, and a member of the lacrosse team.
Here is our Q and A with Cassidy -
Congrats on being elected Student Council President. That’s such a great honor and a big responsibility. Can you describe what it means to you to be the Student Council President?
The feeling of being voted Student Council President was unimaginable. It feels like the messages in my speech were truly heard by the student body and that I have the support of my school through all my decisions. It is indeed a huge responsibility, but that pushes me to provide my best effort and accomplish as much as possible.
What are some of the biggest goals you have as Student Council President for the 2022-23 school year?
Some of my biggest goals as President is to bring back the sense of community that I was richly engrossed in my freshman year. Lock in dances for freshmen, pep rallies with the whole school, and school trips. I also proposed ways to help the clubs at UC, since it has been really hard for fundraising these past years. To summarize, I find it important to bring the students closer together and make up for so much lost time from Covid.
This school year you were inducted into both the National Honor Society and the World Language National Honor Society for Spanish. What does it mean to you to be a member of both of those prestigious National Honor Societies?
To be part of both National Honor Societies means that I am a role model for how I demonstrate the core values of Union Catholic through my involvement at UC, my education, and my respect for what I am taught. It allows me to hold myself to a higher standard and have an extra push to be a well rounded person during my high school career.
Can you list all the awards/honors you have received at UC other than the National Honor Societies? Honor Roll etc? And what does it mean to you to have achieved so much academic success?
I have been able to make First Honor Roll every marking period at Union Catholic. It's a proud feeling to know I have been able to achieve this. During online learning, it was definitely a challenge to balance school, but this year I was able to improve my work ethic and continue reaching for academic success. In addition, I have received a couple of forensics awards during my time on the debate team.
What does it mean to you to be a Student Ambassador, and what do you enjoy the most about representing the school as an Ambassador?
I love being a Student Ambassador. I get to engage with the incoming classes, become a Big Sister, and work at UC events with my friends. My favorite part is being able to make a student's transition to high school as stress free as possible. It also allows me to get closer to a different group of people in my grade and the grade below.
You are such a well-rounded student at UC. Can you list everything you are involved in at UC other than Student Council and Student Ambassador? How about sports/clubs/activities etc?
I have been doing lacrosse for three years and I am one of the media coordinators for the UC girls lacrosse Instagram. I have also been a part of SMAC, mental health club, and forensics. My favorite part of Union Catholic is how I was able to try out so many clubs and find the ones that fit my schedule the best.
What do you love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?
My favorite part about being a Union Catholic Student is that I am given great opportunities to take on leadership roles and shine. Union Catholic has a great balance of school activities to allow students to succeed in whatever realm they thrive in.
What do you love the most about representing UC as a member of the lacrosse team?
It allows me to be a leader in a positive environment. I am surrounded by an amazing group of girls who all look up to each other in different ways. They are constantly trying to improve themselves and include all the teammates. I am constantly supported by the coaches, Mrs. Donnelly and Mrs. O'Halloran. I am also allowed to give insight as a soon to be senior about what I have learned and pass down any advice I have.
Why and how did you decide that UC was the place for you to be? What was it about UC that made you want to be a student here?
Well, my mom went to Union Catholic and that was my first hearing of the school. When I was in 8th grade, I went to the Lock In Dance, and instantly felt a sense of community, especially with how welcoming the Student Ambassadors were. I chose Union Catholic because of their utmost care for each individual student and the support from every student, teacher, counselor, and coach.
What kind of advice would you give to younger students who are considering attending UC? Why should they come to UC and what will UC give them that they won’t be able to find at other schools?
Union Catholic will be able to provide the best of all the major high school experiences, including education, sports, and clubs. In addition, there are infinitely many ways to take on leadership positions to best prepare you for college and life beyond school.
What specifically can you point to as the things that you’ve benefited from the most from your experience as a student at UC?
I've benefited greatly from being able to join the girls lacrosse team. Everyone on the team is at a different skill level but we all come together as a team. It taught me a lot about putting myself out there. I learned to love unpredictability. I also created a whole new group of friends and people to look up to.
How about the future, Oliva. What type of career would you like to pursue?
Even though I only have a year left, I have found it very hard to land on one career. I have always loved the idea of working to help people in the future if it is through medicine or psychologically, which is where my focus has drawn me to.
What are you looking forward to the most in your senior year?
I am looking forward to all the new friendships, new experiences, new teachers, and of course the college search.
Favorite class and teacher at UC?
My favorite class at Union Catholic has to be Dr. Sagendorf history classes over my past three years. Even though this wasn't my best class, it did teach me a lot of educational lessons. I had to accept that not every class will come easy, and I won’t have an A in every class.
Favorite UC memory?
The Union Catholic vs. Johnson basketball game this year has to be one of my favorite UC memories. It was such a fun experience to have the whole school cheering and was one of the biggest events since the beginning of the pandemic.
Favorite UC Core Value and why?
Of course I would have to say Community. The support from all the students and teachers to push everyone in the school to be the best is unmatched