Leading Ladies of CHS
As Women in History month comes to a close we are taking the time to celebrate some of the Leading Ladies at CHS who have made a positive impact in our school system.
Kate Bustamante - National Honor Society President
Extra-curricular involvement & leadership positions:
- National Honor Society President
- Young Democrats
- Student Council
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- Cross Country
Q - Why is it important to get involved and make a difference in high school?
Being involved with your school can make the biggest difference. By participating in different activities and events, you will find yourself growing closer to your peers and gaining effective leadership, social, and communication skills.
Q - If you had to create a 140 character tweet to describe you what would it be?
Silver-lining chaser with a "glass half full" mindset. Never afraid to go the extra mile, both literally and figuratively.
Q - Who is a mentor or role model who inspired you & why?
My older sister, Maria, continues to be an inspiration to me. Maria has shown me that with hard work, your goals are attainable. Additionally, she has taught me that even if things do not go your way, it is important to keep trying and use your failures as stepping stones towards your next goal, all while carrying yourself with grace.
Q - If you knew me better you’d know I …
If you knew me better, you'd know that my favorite snow cone flavor is pink lemonade with cream, and can only have them when it's an extremely hot and sunny day!
Q - What are your dreams for your future?
I plan to pursue a degree from the University of Oklahoma in Health and Exercise Science. Afterward, I plan to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy and eventually open up my own practice.
Q - What legacy do you want to leave here at CHS?
Leaving a legacy doesn't always mean something big and bold. When thinking of what type of mark I want to leave at CHS, I think of the small things. Picking up a dropped piece of paper, holding the door open for someone, a simple "hello," or just a smile to someone passing by, are the things that come to mind. I know these aren't crazy, extraordinary acts, but I like to think that they can make someone's day better, even if it's for just a second. After my time at CHS, I hope that others continue to demonstrate the same kindness that I have been shown through actions and words.
Q - What do you love about Claremore Public Schools?
I love the welcoming environment that Claremore Public School provides to each individual that allows them to be involved in different organizations and meet new people.
Q - How long have you attended CPS & elementary school attended in the district?
I've been at CPS since Pre-K and attended Westside Elementary.
Q - Who has been the most influential teacher in your career and why?
Mr. Riggs, my Principles of Biomedical Science teacher, has been the most influential throughout all of my years in school. His passion and constant encouragement towards the subject and his students are absolutely incredible. Although I have always been pretty set on pursuing a career in the medical field, Mr. Riggs gave me that last bit of reassurance that I had the skills and determination to achieve my goals.
Q - What is your favorite piece of pop culture and why (book, movie, tv-show, podcast, band, social media influencer)?
My favorite tv-show is Criminal Minds. I love a good mystery or crime show that keeps me on the edge of my seat!
Q - What has it been like to lead through this pandemic?
As everyone has heard before, this year has been like no other. Although it has consisted of a lot of stress and apprehension, this year has helped me build up the characteristics of a successful leader, such as adaptability. Being able to adapt and recover in a continually changing environment has been key to achieving success in and outside of my organization while remaining a strong leader for my peers.
Q - How has attending school through a pandemic grown you positively as a person?
Throughout this pandemic, I have learned not to take the "little things" for granted. Although this has been anything but typical senior year, I have learned to be excited for every practice, class, and school day that I get to attend.