Class of 2020 Spotlight: Lea C.

To recognize the Old Trail Class of 2020, we will be showcasing Grade 8 students on our website and social media over the next several weeks. Today's spotlight is Lea C.
Lea has been at OTS for five years and will be attending Western Reserve Academy in the fall. She plans to become a nurse one day, has aspirations to travel the world and will miss Old Trail's welcoming community the most when she graduates.    

We asked her to reflect back on her time at Old Trail. Here are her responses:

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement at Old Trail? Why?
I think my greatest achievement at Old Trail is having the second-fastest record for the 100-meter dash in track. Track was one of my favorite things at Old Trail. We had so much fun preparing and going to meets. I have always loved to run and, when I started track in seventh grade, I never knew I would like it so much. I remember the day I set the record, which was actually on my birthday. I remember crossing the finish line in first and having my time read to me. I was so excited. It felt amazing for me as a seventh grader to have achieved such a record.

What do your future plans include? Where do you expect to be in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be out of college and pursuing my dream job as a nurse. I have always been interested in nursing, especially in surgical nursing. I also hope to travel the world, using every opportunity I can to see other countries.

What is your favorite Old Trail memory?
One of my favorite memories at Old Trail would definitely be Spring Fling. Although every year Spring Fling was an extremely sad day, it was also a day packed with fun and an amazing bonding experience with your class before the end of the year. My favorite, but saddest part was the very end of the day when we said goodbye to everyone and said goodbye to the graduating eighth graders.

It was sad to see everyone go, but it always reminded me that I actually had such a fun year. This year it's really sad to think that I won't have a Spring Fling due to the virus. But I will always remember Spring Fling as one of my favorite memories of Old Trail.

What will you miss most about Old Trail School?
Something I will miss about Old Trail is how welcoming everyone is. If I was having a bad morning coming to school, seeing and talking to everyone would cheer me up right away. When I came to Old Trail in fourth grade, I was very nervous. After a couple days of being at Old Trail, I instantly lost all the fear and was very comfortable because everyone was so kind and welcoming. Old Trail focuses a lot on everyone working together as a community, and I think there is a special bond that is created between people at school. This is something I will miss a lot about Old Trail.

Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.