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April 1, 2014

2014 Salem News Student Athlete Award profile: Will McCarthy, Salem


The Salem News

---- — Time management is a skill developed over time. It’s a skill that Will McCarthy has honed during his four years at Salem High.

Between a full schedule of challenging academic courses, three seasons of track and field, and participation in the Marching Band and Jazz Band, McCarthy doesn’t exactly have much time to spare.

Still, he’s made it all work.

McCarthy ranks third in his senior class and carries a 4.5 grade point average. He is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the captain of the College Bowl team.

“Essentially, I had to learn to plan ahead because of all the things I’m involved in,” McCarthy said. “For me, it’s important to write stuff down and prioritize, if necessary.

“Time management is an important skill for anyone to have, because it allows you to be more on top of everything that you’re doing, and it allows you the chance to expand your activities and interests.”

At this point, it may be impossible to McCarthy to expand his activities and interests any more. He is a drum major and treasurer for the Marching Band, and is a member and vice president of the school’s Music Honor Society.

McCarthy plays the baritone and alto saxophones and began playing in the fourth grade.

“The most important thing I learned in my time at Salem High School is that it’s important to be a well-rounded and involved student,” McCarthy said. “I try to be involved in sports, band, things going on in my school. I also learned the importance of taking a leadership role. Along with this, I also discovered the importance of being a more sociable and outgoing person.”

 

 

 

PERSONALITY PROFILE

Hometown: Salem

Age: 18

College you will be attending: Undecided at this point ... still waiting to hear from a few colleges.

What is your favorite book?: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

What is your favorite movie?: “The Avengers”

Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Journey

What is your favorite website?: YouTube

What is your favorite class in school?: AP Physics

What athletic feat are you most proud of and why?: “The first time I ever won a race. It was two years ago in winter track. It showed me that all of my hard work and effort had paid off.”

Who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?: “My father. He has inspired me to pursue a life of public service. He motivates me to better myself and to try my hardest at everything I do.”

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: “I see myself living a life of public service and help lead my fellow citizens to accomplish their goals.”