Have you ever met a Renaissance woman? Well, if anyone fits the role, it is certainly Kim Caccamo! Not only is Kim a model student and athlete, but she is a leader in and outside of the IHA community, while remaining a compassionate young woman.
As soon as Kim stepped into the doors of IHA her freshman year, she started a journey where she would rise to the top of her class and flourish.
Throughout her IHA academic career, Kim has taken all honors courses. In addition to this, she has taken five AP courses: English Language and Composition, Chemistry, Biology, Calculus AB, and English Literature and Composition. When asked what her favorite class was, Kim eagerly replied that it was the AP English Language and Composition class taught by Mrs. DeSanta.
When asked why, Kim explained that, “I really love American history, so reading American literature that paired with major time periods in America’s history was really awesome. This course also involved analyzing several speeches, short stories, and light novels from a rhetorical perspective. I enjoyed discovering how a writer’s use of language impacted the entire work. It really allowed the class to zero in on the diction and syntax of a piece and see how artistic writing can be. We had some in depth discussions and fun times.”
Mrs. DeSanta, one of Kim’s favorite teachers, spoke to Kim’s character by stating that Kim, “certainly [was] a joy to teach and [is] an inspiration to [her] peers. I have no doubt that (to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi), [she] will serve [her] country well and be the catalyst for the change [she] [wants] to see.”
Not only has Kim completed such a rigorous course load, but she has completed it successfully, as Kim is the salutatorian of the Class of 2017.
Kim has also been a member of IHA’s varsity swim team for four years, and the captain of the team this year. She will be swimming for the United States Military Academy at West Point next year. She has served on the Student Council Executive Board since freshman year, along with participating in the general school student council.
Kim is also the vice president of the National Honor Society and the president of the Science National Honor Society, in which she demonstrates her ability to combine her academic excellence and leadership skills for the benefit of the IHA community.
Also, Kim was a member of the following clubs: Eagle Ambassador, Peer Mentoring, Traffic Safety Squad, and Mock Trial. She serves as an altar server at Thursday morning mass.
Through all of the “highs” and “lows” of high school, Kim has learned many lessons from her experience at IHA. She explains, “Besides academically learning more than I can fit into my head, I have learned that our true duty in life is to serve others, whether you are a Christian or not. We should always give back more than we take. The service-culture at this school is incredible and without it I’m not sure I would have chosen to go to a military academy. Seeing other women serve various groups of people so selflessly made my desire to help others grow.”
Next year, Kim will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is not sure what she wants to major in, but knows that she would like to pursue Arabic as a possible minor. She plans to hopefully become a lawyer for the military with a focus on the Middle East.
Going to the United States Military Academy at West Point is a privilege that very few people get to experience. Kim says that she always had a desire to go to West Point because the camaraderie among the cadets mirrors what she has here with her IHA classmates.
Kim will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army after she graduates and will be required to serve active duty for five years. Then, she must spend three years in the reserves. After that, she has many goals that she would like to pursue. Kim is considering staying in the military longer if she loves it. If not, ultimately she would like to pursue politics and eventually run for President.
Ultimately, Kim says, “I will miss the people, especially my senior classmates and my junior friends. I love sitting in class and knowing that all the girls around me have my back. I’ll also miss class group chats and study groups, and laughing over how much work we have together. I have met some of the greatest people I have ever known in this school, and it has been a privilege to learn with these girls. I’m going to miss everyone so much, but I know the Class of 2017 will accomplish great things.”
The IHA community looks forward to seeing Kim fulfill her goals and break the glass ceiling, by becoming the first female President of the United States.
Kim, with your motivation and passion that you have exhibited over the past four years here at IHA, the IHA community has no doubt that you will succeed in whatever you set your mind to. Congratulations!
By: Emily Koehne, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Categories: News@the Heart