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Spotlight on Katherine Silver

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Catherine SIlver shows off her infectious smile in front of Midlo High.

Catherine SIlver shows off her infectious smile in front of Midlo High.

Photo by: Jackie Tully

Photo by: Jackie Tully

Catherine SIlver shows off her infectious smile in front of Midlo High.

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Over the years, Midlo has earned a strong reputation based on its students. Whether it be athletes, performers, artists, or strong academics, the school is well known for its student involvement and inclusiveness. The High-Functioning Autism Program has a number of remarkable students who do not always have their moment to shine but deserve recognition for their contributions to Midlo. Sophomore Katherine Silver is one of the cheerful students who has grown throughout the program.

English has always been Katherine’s forte, and her love for words and stories has drawn her towards Midlo’s Theater department. Theater teacher Mrs. Baugher says that Katherine has evolved from being quiet and a bit nervous to being “willing to stand on stage and be big, loud, and pleased with the work she does.” Katherine’s favorite part about theater is getting to meet new people. She will be a Theater 3 student next year and will continue to make a positive impact on Midlo’s Theater department. In her free time, Katherine enjoys walking her Huskie and reading books. Even though English is her favorite subject, she hopes to become a science teacher in the future. She is eager to be an honors biology student next year because she thinks biology is the subject she wants to teach. With her optimistic attitude and strong sense of determination, there is no doubt that she will do everything possible to make her goals a reality.

Autism has affected her life in a positive way because it gives her the opportunity to meet new people and get close to her teachers. Katherine wants people to know that students with autism are “not much different from everyone else; [their] brains just function differently.” One of her teachers, Mr. Biedenharn, is “most proud of her for accepting change and maturing in the program.” Overall, Katherine Silver’s love for reading and learning has made her one of Midlo’s most remarkable students.

Learn more about Midlo’s Autism Program by clicking HERE. (Video courtesy of Trojan Live Network)

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