Tim Kemp '19

Tim Kemp '19

Soccer (Varsity, Captain)
Basketball (Varsity)
Baseball (Varsity)
Community Council 
Peer Advisor 
Tech Fellow 
Voice Magazine
Cum Laude Society

Hometown: Easton
Attending: Northwestern University

How has Thayer influenced you both as a student and as a person?

Academically, Thayer has really helped me prepare for the future. I really had no idea at first, but my classes have allowed me to develop a much better plan for college and beyond. As a person, it showed me how rewarding it is to just get involved. 

What was your most challenging class?

PreCalc Honors with Mr. Forrest. He keeps you on your toes with tests and quizzes. You have to be prepared for every class. Also, he just makes you think about the subject on a deeper level. 

Who is your favorite teacher at Thayer?

Mr. Cedrone. I’ve had him for two years, first in AP Java and then in Data Structures. His classes are always interesting. He really cares about his students. Plus, the kids in the class are really nice. 

What do you plan to study in college and why?

I’m attending Northwestern University where I’ll major in computer science. That’s partly a tribute to Mr. Cedrone and the courses I’ve had at Thayer. I just feel that, with computers, there are so many pathways. I might also minor in business or a natural science. 

What will you miss most about Thayer Academy?

I’ll miss all the people that I’ve come to know, both the teachers and the students. I’ll stay close to my good friends, but there are other people that I’ve just gotten used to seeing every day. I’ll miss that. 

What’s an interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?

When I was 11, I earned my black belt in karate. 

What is your most memorable academic experience?

For my ISR (Independent Science Research) Project, I worked at a biotech firm in Woburn. I took part in cancer research for five weeks that summer. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do something that involved outside the classroom. It was “learning on the go,” and it was far more extensive than I’d imagined. 

Who inspires you the most?

(Fellow senior) Charlie Hewit '19. He’s just so confident. He does what he wants, and he’s not worried about what other people think. For Mr. Thayer, he dressed up as Freddie Mercury and sang. That’s confidence. 

What’s one of your favorite quotes?

Babe Ruth once said, “It’s hard to beat someone who never gives up.” 

In what grade did you start Thayer, and what advice would you have given yourself on that first day?

I started in seventh grade, and I’d just tell myself to get involved earlier. My high school experience was so memorable because I got involved in so many things, but in the Middle School I was a little quieter. Now I think the earlier, the better.