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.
Alyson Harvey - CHS Band Drum Major
Name and Grade: Alyson Harvey, 12th grade
Extra-curricular involvement & leadership positions:
- CHS band, head drum major for past two years
- CHS academic team, senior year
- Young Democrats Club
- World Language Club
Q - Why is it important to get involved and make a difference in high school?
High school is the point in your life where your perceptions of the world and your guiding principles truly begin to show you who you are as a person. It’s important to begin channeling your newfound interests and beliefs into positive change in the world as soon as possible, and clubs and extracurriculars do just that.
Q - If you had to create a 140 character tweet to describe you what would it be?
*studies for five minutes* *goes on walk for two hours* *takes an hour to eat a sandwich* *takes a shower* *watches entire TV series on Netflix*
“I didn’t have time to study”
Q - Who is a mentor or role model who inspired you & why?
Dr. Andrew Huberman. Though he’s a Stanford professor now, he wasn’t always sure what his career path would be. He landed on neurobiology and, overcoming adversity to further his education, rose to the top. His work illustrates the chemical and electrical basis of each of our brains: not magic, not some mystical force that controls us, but processes that we can influence with scientifically-backed methods. All that, and he makes his work accessible, so the average person can take meaningful steps to improve their lives.
Q - If you knew me better you’d know I …
Strongly prefer cats to dogs.
Q - What are your dreams for your future?
To make a positive difference in someone’s life.
Q - What legacy do you want to leave here at CHS?
Make the most of the resources given to you. You can be good at anything, so make use of every opportunity to improve. Stay hungry, and try everything.
Q - What do you love about Claremore Public Schools?
Our teachers who work tirelessly to fuel students’ intellectual curiosity.
Q - Who has been the most influential teacher in your career and why?
Mr. Drew Cummings, for allowing me to understand that there is no fixed picture of America, and people have vastly different opinions on the critical questions that guide our country. Also, Mr. Cummings teaches the suppressed stories. He reveals the vital role of Native Americans, people of color, immigrants, and women in the formation of our country. Learning U.S. history from a teacher like Mr. Cummings drives me to stand up all the more for long-overdue justice.
Q - How long have you attended CPS?
6 years, starting in 7th grade at WRJH.
Q - What is your favorite piece of pop culture and why (book, movie, tv-show, podcast, band, social media influencer)?
Invisibilia from NPR is my favorite podcast. Again, I like hearing the unheard stories. I like the mysterious stories they tell: it lets me know that nothing is hopeless if even the strangest situations can be resolved.
Q - What has it been like to lead through this pandemic?
Chaotic. In band, we have to completely redesign how we rehearse together if guidelines change. It was difficult to coordinate rehearsals in marching band, especially, since our restrictions were tighter. As a leader, you just have to keep a positive attitude, despite feeling like you’re missing out. It’s been a lot of showing our ensemble that we can still have fun and grow as musicians in this difficult time.
Q - How has attending school through a pandemic grown you positively as a person?
I’ve had so much time for introspection, which is especially helpful in this pivotal time in my life. I feel so much more confident in what my identity is and what career I want to pursue based on that. I’ve gone through many critical revelations during this time that would’ve been delayed without the help of being separated from consumerism and entertainment. Finally, my ability to stay on top of things has (necessarily) improved! Isolation is difficult, but it fosters personal growth.