Cassie Kearney '18

Cassie Kearney '18

Cross Country (Captain)
Track & Field (Captain)
Yearbook Editor

Hometown: Rockland
Attending: Middlebury College

What are your plans next year?

I'm going to Middlebury College in Vermont. I plan to run there, but I’m not sure what I’m going to study yet.

How has Thayer helped you get to where you are now?

Thayer has helped me grow so much as a person because I'm constantly pushed out of my comfort zone in everything I do, whether it's going to the board in a class to complete a math problem I don’t know how to do, or if it’s doing mile repeats in cross-country. I feel like I've just grown so much as a person, and I've also l been able to figure out what I'm most interested in and what I love to do because of all the opportunities here. 

When you think of Thayer, what's the first thing you think of?

Community. Everything I've been involved in is like a family including my teams, and then Yearbook. It’s been so much fun. I feel that way with my classmates too. We've kind of been in the same classes each year, so everyone gets close.

Is there a book that stands out in your memory as your favorite or most influential while you were here?

I really liked reading Moby Dick. We read it in AP Literature and Composition with Mr. Burke, my junior year. It's this really dense thing to read, but then like you look through it closely, and there are so many scenes and connections you can make. I just thought it was really interesting to analyze it.

What was your most memorable academic experience here?

Spanish III Honors, because I feel like that's when I improved the most in Spanish, because we wrote a lot of essays about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. It made me realize that Spanish is something I really want to pursue in college.

What’s your favorite memory from Thayer?

Probably last year when Mr. Browne [the Thayer track coach] got his 500th win. That was so cool because I don't think he like ever realizes how much he actually does for the team, and it was great to honor him after the meet.