Academics for All congratulates Kathryn (Katie) Beardslee for being selected as this week’s Summit Award winner. Beardslee, a senior at Sheridan High School, has maintained a 3.92 GPA throughout her high school career and earned an academic letter each year.
When asked what factors have contributed to her success Beardslee replied, “I have a positive attitude, good work ethic and high expectations of myself.” She further explains that her parents, John and Sue Beardslee, have always encouraged and inspired her to reach her goals.
Beardslee’s academic record is certainly representative of a high achieving student. Her transcript includes five Advanced Placement courses as well as three college level courses. In addition, she is a member of the SHS orchestra program and has been selected to the All-State Orchestra her sophomore, junior and senior years.
Although her school day is full, Beardslee has been a contributing team member on both the SHS swim team and the SHS golf team. She began swimming competitively at age 7 and has swum year-round with the Sheridan Swim Team. Her strong work ethic and years in the pool certainly contributed to her success on the SHS swim team including being a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed third at the 2013 state meet.
While she has a passion for the water, this past season Beardslee opted to pursue another interest, golf. Beardslee has played golf with her grandparents throughout the years and has also participated on the SHS spring golf team, so she wasn’t new to the sport. However, the fall season provided her the opportunity to compete at the state tournament. Beardslee placed fourth overall and helped her team to secure a first-place finish at the 2015 state tournament.
Beardslee lists chemistry as her favorite subject, and she has nominated SHS chemistry teacher, Rhonda Bell, as an outstanding educator. Bell comments, “Katie Beardslee is not only an excellent student, she is kind, thoughtful and a delight to have in class. Katie is very quiet but when needed she does not hesitate to speak up or ask questions. Katie works well with her peers and is very responsible. It was my privilege to have Katie in my Chem I and AP Chem classes.”
In addition to her love of chemistry, Beardslee also has a passion for Spanish. She is currently enrolled in her fourth year of Spanish and traveled to Costa Rica last year. She said the trip provided a new perspective as she intently listened to the natives speak fluent Spanish. Beardslee goes on to explain that Alison Vold, SHS Spanish teacher, has been an inspiration. Vold states, “In AP Spanish, when her classmates struggle to comprehend, Katie uses deductive reasoning and etymology to try to find the answers. This is a type of bravery that many highly academic students do not have. She embodies the hard work, commitment and dedication of a champion. Even more true to her character, Katie has remained humble and continues to lead with her actions and her kind and reserved personality.”
Her drive, passion and sense of adventure will surely help her to realize her bucket list goal of traveling to all seven continents. Taking into account her trip to Costa Rica and her tour of five European countries in 2013, she is almost half-way there.
Beardslee is a dedicated student and continually strives to achieve success.
Following high school graduation, her next goal is to attend Colorado State University and pursue a degree in civil engineering.