Casey Rothschild '16

Track and Field (Varsity)
Benelli Writing Center Fellow
Debate Club
Theater (Fall & Spring Musicals)
Static Trapeze Artist

Hometown: Holliston
Attending: Wesleyan University

How did you become a trapeze artist?

I did a YMCA circus camp in 4th grade and I got really interested in trapeze. I do the static trapeze, which doesn’t swing. It’s more like the uneven parallel bars. I performed the trapeze in the fall musical and in the Mr. Thayer pageant.

How do you think Thayer has shaped you?

It’s made me so much more confident. Because we have such small classes, you get so many opportunities to speak in front of your class or work together in groups. In French class Mr. Rooney had us present once a week on a subject for two minutes in French.

Who was your favorite teacher at Thayer?

I really enjoyed the history department here. I loved AP US History with Mr. Donnelly. He’s so enthusiastic and such a fun teacher.

When you think of Thayer, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

The mix between arts, academics, and sports. I love how they set up the schedule so you don’t have to choose between them. If you want to participate in a play, you can go to practice after your sports. Everyone’s doing a little bit of everything.

What’s your favorite book that you read at Thayer?

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominque Bauby. We read it along with watching the movie Murderball in the class Crossing Borders. After reading the book, Mr. Pelletier had the class do a project where we had to hold our arms down and the only way we could communicate was to blink at a chart. The whole time you wanted to scream out what you wanted to say, but you couldn’t.

What was your most memorable academic experience at Thayer?

Working in the BWC [Benelli Writing Center] this year and working with kids on their writing helped me so much as a writer. When I would start to write an essay, I think to myself, “What would I say if a sophomore came up to me and asked me for help?” It made me think from both the student’s perspective and a teacher’s perspective.

What’s your favorite memory from Thayer?

Performing trapeze in the fall musical and in Mr. Thayer and getting to share that side of my life with people.

What’s your favorite place to study on campus?

The cubbies in the back of the library.

What’s your favorite Thayer tradition?

Winter Wars, it brings everyone together.