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Port Byron senior Kaleigh McLoughlin will attend Cayuga Community College in the fall.

Class of 2017 Senior Spotlight: Kaleigh May McLoughlin

After she graduates on June 23, Port Byron Central School District senior Kaleigh McLoughlin will begin preparing for a career in the medical field.

This fall, Kaleigh plans to study nursing at Cayuga Community College. Ten years from now, she hopes to be working as a traveling nurse.

“I feel prepared to leave high school, but my greatest fear is not being ready for the difference between high school and college,” she said.

During her time at Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Kaleigh was president of National Honor Society, class treasurer, Panther Press editor, and a member of the school’s environmental and drama clubs. She played varsity softball and field hockey, was a member of the school’s dance team and participated in Auburn’s travel softball club (Xtreme).

“I’ll miss my friends, my teachers and playing sports,” she said.

One of Kaleigh’s favorite high school memories is participating in homecoming activities, including the sporting events, dances and spirit week. She said the class she most enjoyed taking was psychology, which is taught by Dr. Townsend, and her most challenging high school obstacle was taking AP exams.

“I’ll miss schoolwork and studying the least, but I know there will be much more of that to come,” Kaleigh said.

Kaleigh said she hopes Port Byron CSD’s future students embrace their time spent in school and will take advantage of the variety of classes the district offers, especially online courses.

“Even though everything went by so fast, I really enjoyed my time spent here,” Kaleigh said.

Kaleigh is the daughter of Laurie and Timothy McLaughlin. She has one brother, Eric and two sisters, Erin and Kira.

Port Byron CSD is pleased to announce the return of “Senior Spotlight.” This weekly website series highlights the accomplishments and future plans of several graduating Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School students. They were selected for the series based on their demonstration of excellence in the classroom and community.