Top Windham High scholars on the short road to UConn

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Willimantic - posted Tue., Jun. 21, 2011
Windham High School salutatorian Caithlyn Sanchez and valedictorian Andrew Quinn. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.
Windham High School salutatorian Caithlyn Sanchez and valedictorian Andrew Quinn. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.

Both of Windham High School’s academic leaders from the Class of 2011 are headed up Route 195 in the fall to the University of Connecticut.

Salutatorian Caithlyn Sanchez is one of fewer than 100 students accepted into UConn’s highly-selective nursing program. She was inspired to take that direction, she said, by her grandmother.

“My grandmother wanted to be a nurse but she never had the opportunity,” she said. Volunteering for school blood drives convinced Sanchez that it was an opportunity she should seize for herself.

The memories of WHS that she said she’ll treasure most are the times of “helping others who needed help,” Sanchez said. “Just to be there for people and listen to them.”

Andrew Quinn, the class valedictorian, plans to major in accounting at UConn. He said he’ll have fond memories of serving on Student Council, in the National Honor Society and in DECA, the marketing club, as well as the community service club. The group tackled projects ranging from raking leaves to raising funds for a fellow student suffering from leukemia, he said.

“My overall experience of high school is that it lets you find out more about yourself, what you value and what you think,” Quinn said. “It’s let me find out a lot more about myself.”


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