Patrick Kennedy '17

Varsity Soccer, Captain
Varsity Track and Field, Captain
Mock Trial, Captain
Political Discussions Club, Co-President
Tour Guide
Peer Advisor
Voice Magazine
Jazz Combo

Hometown: Weymouth
Attending: Trinity College

What are your plans for next year?

I’m going to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut next year. I’ll play soccer and run track there. I'm going to major in political science, and minor in legal studies.

Did Thayer help shape these plans?

Definitely. Sophomore year I took the Law & Society class with Ms. Sheiber, which was easily my favorite class I took during my time here. I took it on a whim. I thought it sounded like something I might like, and I absolutely loved it. I joined the mock trial team sophomore year. We made it to the sweet sixteen my sophomore and junior year. And then my senior year, when I was a captain of the team, we made it to the elite eight tournament in the state, and we ended up finishing fourth in the state this year.

What’s one word that comes to mind when you think of Thayer?

Community. After looking at other private schools, Thayer was an easy decision for me because I knew it had a very high level of academics and athletics, but it still had a community feel.

I think the community here is unlike any other school. Thayer’s so academically strong, but everyone's still so close. Everyone is pushing for each other, not against each other. I think you can still reach the same level of success, just in a much more positive, and to be honest, more fun way.

What was your most challenging class here at Thayer?

AP US History junior year was a very hard class that I ended up doing well in. My friends and I became really close with the teacher, Mr. Donnelly; he's one of my favorite people on campus Right off the bat he told us, “I have a high standard for writing, and I'm going to make you a better writer." Writing is one of my favorite aspects of school, so I thought, “This is going to be perfect for me, I can do this,” and I got smacked with a C minus on the first paper. But then I got a straight up A on my final research paper, so it was really cool to see the transition, and how that class shaped me as a better writer.