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A Step Above: A Step Above – Kallyse Duddlesten

The Meadows School
Class of 2013

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam. The Meadows School senior Kallyse Duddlesten could tell you that’s Latin for, “I’ll either find a way or make one,” a philosophy that definitely defines this motivated young woman’s life. While quite adept at language arts and other academics, Kallyse takes a strong leadership role outside the classroom in everything from student council to service with the National Charity League. Warm, soft spoken, and fiercely independent, her strong moral ethics guide her on a daily quest toward personal growth and success, and that sets Kallyse Duddlesten – A Step Above.

G.P.A.: 4.71

Sports/Activities/Community Service

  • Varsity Bowling, 2010-12; JV Bowling, 2009
  • Cum Laude Society, 2012
  • Latin Honor Society, 2009-Present
  • National Honor Society, 2011-Present
  • Honor Code Committee, 2013
  • Young Conservatives Club, 2010
  • Food for Friends Club (Founder), 2011
  • National Junior Classical League, 2007-Present
  • Environmental Conservation Club, 2010
  • Sober Grads (Founding Secretary), 2012
  • National Charity League (Las Vegas Chapter), 2007-Present
  • Junior Class VP, 2012; Sophomore Class VP, 2011


  • Cum Laude Society, 2012-Present
  • Coach’s Award (Bowling), 2011
  • Honors Academic Awards, 2010-11
  • Student of the Year, 2008
  • National Spanish Exam, 1st Place, Nevada Chapter, 2012
  • All State Choir, 2008-09
  • National Latin Exam, Cum Laude, 2012; Summa Cum Laude, 2011
  • Classical Literacy Exam, Silver Award, 2011
  • Pearson Scholarship, National Jr. Classical League Convention, 2011-12

Accomplishments Most Proud Of: “My biggest obstacle that I have overcome would be the shyness that hindered my potential as a leader. Throughout my high school career, I’ve come out of my shell and built confidence, which has allowed me to become a leader of multiple clubs, both inside and out of school.”

Kallyse is Stronger and Wiser Because: “In my freshman year of high school, I was an extremely isolated person. However, the Junior Classical League truly changed my outlook. I gained so much more confidence. Without the JCL, I would never have devoted myself to so many other things that have also changed my life. I have learned that when some kind of hardship or isolation threatens to overcome me, I cannot just shut life out.”

Part of the Solution: “Many young adults face the pressure to act immorally or recklessly, simply because popular young adult society tells them it is acceptable. I intend to encourage people, through my own ability to stay above the influence, to not give in to the social or cultural mainstream, but to determine for themselves what is right or wrong.”

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