Saint Thomas the Apostle Eighth Grader, Carter, Volunteers Nearly 200 Hours

Carter not only excels in academics, he is a student leader in service. Carter volunteered almost 200 hours of service in his community. He’s an athlete, an excellent student and loves helping others!

Q. What drives you to volunteer?
A. What drives me to volunteer is knowing that there are so many people who need help and support. Plus, it makes me feel good to volunteer. It gives me a sense of what goes on in the real world and makes me grateful for the blessings in my life. The more I volunteer, the more I want to do everything that I possibly can to help people who need it. My service experiences have helped me understand what is truly important in life.

Q. Can you tell us about your involvement in PANDA?
A. PANDA stands for “People Acting Now Discover Answers.” Last year, I was asked to be one of the 50+ models for their annual luncheon. The PANDA mission is to raise money for research to help cure horrible childhood diseases. The 2019 luncheon was dedicated to kids’ cancer. I wore some cool clothes and walked down the long runway with a fun strut. When I got to the end of the runway I stopped, popped my collar, did a 360 spin, danced for 5-6 seconds, and then walked back. PANDA raised almost $3 million! I had a blast!

Q. What is C2 v Cancer?
A. C2 v Cancer is a nonprofit foundation that I asked my parents to help me set up. Its purpose is to raise money for medical research to help find a cure for cancer. My mom was diagnosed with cancer and is currently going through chemotherapy and radiation. Cancer takes many lives every year – adults and kids. The C2 stand for my name Carter Cassidy, fighting to finally put an end to cancer.

Q. What’s your role in student council?
A. I am an eighth grade representative on student council. I did it last year too and really like being a part of the great group. We meet once a week before school starts. Student Council promotes student unity and involvement, and provides leadership opportunities for student activities. We are currently working on a dance to music from Teen Beach Movie for our Carnival’s “Catch the Wave” spirit rally.

Q. What do you like to do for fun?
A. For fun, I like to exercise – weightlifting and running. Almost every day, I like to go for at least a twenty-minute run with my dad riding his bike. I love going to see my personal trainer and working out with him. Last summer my dad asked me what I wanted to do for the summer, and I said, “I want to get in shape.” And ever since then, I have been constantly pushing myself to exercise and get fit.

Q. Can you tell us about your theatre experiences?
A. I had my first musical theatre experience when I was six. I played the role of Fagan in Oliver and had my first solo singing part. Since then, I’ve done several musicals through Art and Sol; some of the characters I played included Prince Dahdu in Aladdin, Monsieur D’Arque in Beauty and the Beast and March Hare in Alice in Wonderland. I’ve also been in a few film pieces which were very different than theatre. Over the past two years, I’ve enjoyed volunteering as an intern with Stacey Hanlon at Valley Youth Theatre and her company Conducted Stories.

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