Miss Kailynn ~ BTHS Class of 2020
Time to meet Miss Kailynn from BTHS.
I met Miss Kai and her mom and her sister back in early May of last year. I was so impressed with Miss Kai. She was well spoken, polite and even better ….she had an AH-mazing sense of style. We discussed her likes, her dislikes and location ideas. We decided on a split session….one part at the creek and the second part in a more Urban setting.
**What are your plans for after High School?
Go to college for nursing, hopefully Wichita State University and get my BSN in Nursing and I want to be a Pediatric Nurse I want to get a job in the hospital while going to college so it prepares me even more for my career.
**Tell us about the location you chose for your Senior session and if it has a significance to you.
The creek photos, I grew up going to the river and wanted something that reminded me of that, plus I loved the scenery. Downtown St. Louis, I just love the city in general. This is where I grew up. I enjoy being around a lot of people.
**What activities are you in, whether in or out of school, and how have they helped shape you into the person you are today?
I'm not really in any activities now but I grew up loving to help people and do what I can for them. It started with the Joplin tornado and collecting items for a family who lost everything. We wound up with a UHaul full of stuff as well as my moms car and drove it all down to them. I help out others as well as friends whenever I can, and to always be there for others when I can. It has taught me to appreciate everything, and to never take anything for granted.
**What would be your absolute dream vacation and who would you take with you?
I would love to go to Paris and I would take a few of my closest friends who have been friends since my childhood.
**Knowing what you know now as a Senior, what advice would you give an upcoming Freshman beginning their high school years?
Don't take the time for granted because high school flies by. Attend all the events you can, like football games and dances and be involved in clubs and activities because if not, you'll regret it later. You are coming in to a new school and want to meet new people and make new friends, but make sure you stay on task and make good grades also, especially your freshman year because in order to maintain a good GPA you have to do your best all 4 years.
**Who has inspired you the most in life and how have they done that?
My mom because she is a single mother and no matter what the situation has been she always put my sister and I first. My sister is severely handicapped and she has taken great care of her for 27 years by herself. My mom has also always pushed me to do my best in all areas, as well as school because she wants the best for me. My mom has always been my constant fpr me and has been by my side, and had my back, even through the toughest times. I wouldn't be who I am today if it wasn't for her. I also admire my sister. She is 27 but mentally only about 8 months old and has been through more in her life than most. Dr's said she would never make it past a couple months, then a couple years and she's still here 27 years later. She has fought through so much and nearly died 8 times. She keeps fighting and my mom keeps fighting for both of us.
**What was your favorite memory of high school?
My trip to Costa Rica with the Spanish class at school. I enjoyed exploring the beautiful country and what it has to offer and also learning about the culture and trying new foods. Also, I had some great teachers that really seemed to care not only about their job, but their students and a few of them I'll never forget.
**Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would like to be established in my career, and possibly have met someone and settled down with a couple kids and be happy. I would like to be able to travel and see the world.
**How have your goals changed from your Freshman year to your Senior year?
My Freshman year I was more worried about my social life and I wasn't as worried about my grades. I didn't know what I wanted to do as far as a career goes. I was more worried about what people thought about me. By Senior year, I had gotten my gpa up after working hard my Sophmore and Junior year. I knew what I wanted to go to college for and knew I had to keep working hard to get there. I realized quality is more important than quantity and my circle of friends grew smaller but the quality grew larger.
**What was your favorite thing about your Senior session with Kim Mumford Photography?
Having fun and being able to be myself. Kim made me feel super comfortable in front of the camera and we had a lot of laughs. I loved the photo shoot with Kim and would recommend any of my friends having their senior photos taken by her!
Senior sessions are so much different then when I was in high school. Today’s Seniors are fun, edgy, adventurous and so creative! I love out of the box ideas….I love unique ideas…I love color and fun! I had a blast at Miss Kai’s session and I am glad she did too. I hope she looks back on these in 10, 20 years and realizes that this moment in time…she was a Rock Star!
Good luck your Senior year Kai….and I can not wait to see you achieve your dreams!