Schaumburg High School is proud to recognize Carolyn Byrne as the January Senior of the Month. Carolyn has embraced the spirit of our school and, in doing so, established herself as a person of influence in the SHS community. It is quite easy to see why: Carolyn exudes a charismatic confidence that allows one to feel comfortable in trusting her abilities.
Over the past three and a half years at Schaumburg High School, Carolyn has time and again demonstrated her ability to be trustworthy, engaging, resourceful, and determined in much of what she does. Carolyn excels academically and takes her studies very seriously, an approach that has served her well in the classroom, as she has maintained honor roll status throughout her entire career here at SHS. But, so much of who Carolyn is extends beyond the academic walls of this institution.
Outside of the classroom, Carolyn has been an active member of the Saxon Community. In addition to participating in soccer and basketball for the school teams, she has been an integral member of several school organizations. Not one to be satisfied with just being a part of the group, Carolyn has taken leadership responsibilities, serving as President of NHS, Editor of the school newspaper, and earning the distinguished honor of being selected to serve on the Principal’s Advisory Board. The PAB is a student-driven forum with the SHS principal, to actively engage in discussions on how to improve school climate. While she will humbly deflect credit for her work, one of her most notable accomplishments at Schaumburg High School is her role as a peer counselor. Carolyn is one of twelve senior students selected to meet with a group of freshmen, once a week, for the majority of the school year. Her role is to help provide a safe and healthy environment for these students to share their thoughts, feelings, and reflections, all in a peer-supported environment. Carolyn excels in this manner and has earned respect, from both students and school staff alike, as one who can be trusted.
With all that goes on in her life, Carolyn still finds time to volunteer at a local senior residential facility, and also maintain a part time job at as a sales associate at a local retail store. Not to go unnoticed, the Schaumburg Township recently recognized her for her well-rounded approach to life, by naming her to the Schaumburg Miss Septemberfest court. She was chosen based on her excellence in scholarship, character, community service, and poise. When asked how she manages a full schedule, both in and out of school while maintaining good grades, Carolyn states, “Understanding time management and prioritizing” as well as “making time for school work but not forgetting to make time for myself to reduce stress” are key elements to her success.
Carolyn truly has everything it takes to be extraordinary in her life and career: a relentless quest for knowledge, an endearing ability to make any individual feel like they’re the only person that matters at that moment, and a humility which comes only with a confidence in her own self-worth. There is no question in my mind that Carolyn will find success in whatever she does in life. But, it’s not just her drive for academic excellence, nor her participation in numerous extra- and co-curricular activities that will define Carolyn’s future. It is her ability to connect with people on a personal level that will help Carolyn as she takes the next step in her life.
Congratulations to Carolyn Byrne on the well-deserved honor of being named Schaumburg High School’s January Senior of the Month.