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A Step Above: Katelyn Rose Carlotti

Palo Verde High School

Class of 2020

Currently sitting at the #1 spot in her class, Palo Verde High School Valedictorian Candidate Katelyn Carlotti is as determined as they come. Ambition, after all, is her greatest strength. It helps her navigate the challenges of a rigorous class load while working as hard as possible to achieve her highest goals and maximum potential. If something doesn’t quite go her way the first time, she keeps moving forward believing firmly that everything happens for a reason, and that something good will always come out of a bad situation. For her tireless effort, staying true to her commitments and dedicating time to important causes, Katelyn Carlotti is– A Step Above.      

G.P.A.:  4.8

Sports/Clubs/Community Service:

  • Freshman Cheer Team, 2016-2017
  • JV Dance Team, 2017-2018
  • Varsity Dance Team, 2018-2020
  • National Honors Society, 2017-2020
  • National Honors Society Treasurer, 2019-2020
  • Valedictorian Candidate, 2019-2020
  • Ronald McDonald House Charity
  • Corner Stone Christian Church Mission­–La Mison, Mexico, 2018 & 2019
  • Three Square Food Bank
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 2016 & 2017

What are your plans for after high school? “After high school, I plan on going to a top-tier college in southern California to pursue a medical career. I am interested in becoming an anesthesiologist after I graduate medical school.”

Why is being of service to others so important to you? “I have had a fortunate life so far with a loving family and lots of opportunities. From my mission trips and other life events I have come to realize that not everyone is as fortunate. It makes me the happiest when I am able to help others out who do not have the same opportunities.” 

You’re fond of your first mission trip to La Mison, Mexico. What was so memorable about it? “It is memorable to me because I got to give people food who couldn’t get any on their own. I also got to help build a small town’s first church. It has changed my outlook to always be thankful for what I have. It also made me realize the importance and joy that comes from selflessly helping other people.”

What do you like most about being involved in dance? “I love the family that I have on my team. My teammates and coaches are all very supportive and kind, and I’m very thankful for all the events we do together.” 

What advice would you give incoming freshmen on how to succeed in school? “My biggest advice to incoming freshmen is to not give up and don’t procrastinate. Your success in school is worth the hard work in the end.” 

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