Rotary Good Citizen: Katherine Kugelman

Katherine Kugelman of North Bridgton has been selected as the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club’s “Citizen of the Month” for February.

Each month, the Rotary Club recognizes a Lake Region High School student who displays good citizenship and contributes to the school community. The recipient is honored at a Rotary breakfast meeting and is presented a savings bond.

Parents: Veronica and Tom Kugelman.

Siblings: Leanne and Thomas.

Activities: Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, Theater, School Climate Committee, Greenhouse Committee, National Honor Society.

Community activities: 4-H Club.

Hobbies: Horseback riding, anything to do with music.

Future plans: I plan to attend college in the fall and major in Equine Studies.

Schools applied to or will apply to: Vermont Technical College, Johnson & Wales University.

What is your favorite class? Marine Biology because you learn a lot about the different marine species, habitats, life cycle and it’s very interactive and hands on. This semester is Animal Studies, which I am looking forward to!

What is your toughest class? Physics. It’s a tough course and not easy to understand. There are so many different equations. It’s like Algebra 2. You have to think in an abstract way.

How do you balance your class work and your extracurricular activities? It’s really hard, but I try to manage my time. I focus on which deadlines come first, and get those assignments done first.

What is the biggest challenge high school students face today? There are lots of things. Lake Region, specifically, the changes in the school the students will face next year. Hopefully, that will help engage our students and make them more successful because what all high school students face today is a much more competitive world. Students will need to be successful in school to be able to compete and be successful in the real world.

Who has inspired you educationally? My English teacher this year, and my U.S. History teacher, who I have had classes with the last two years. They have helped me a lot with my fear of public speaking, and they believe in me and push me to do my best. That’s what has helped make me a better and more confident student.

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