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Deerfield-Bridget Crandall

Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In Excellence

Bridget Crandall knows that high school is one of the best times in a person's life.

"Just have fun. Get involved in as many activities as you can," Crandall wrote in a questionnaire to The Telegram. "Don't be afraid to try new things. High school will be some of the best times of your life."

The graduating senior from Deerfield High School made the most of her time in USD 216, taking part in several sports and extracurricular clubs and activities. Crandall participated in track, basketball and volleyball. And she kept the drama going off the court, as well, by participating in the all-school play, forensics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, student council and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

The student athlete's hobbies include playing and watching sports, and one of her fondest high school memories is beating Lakin in the Kearny County Shootout during her senior year.

Crandall wrote that she loves to learn about the human body, and anatomy and physiology was her favorite class. Chemistry, however, is a different story.

"Chemistry was also my favorite, but it was my least favorite, too," she wrote. "I loved it when I understood it."

She earned a 3.83 grade-point average, and was selected to the Kansas Honors Program.

To incoming freshman, she offers some practical words of wisdom.

"Set some short-term and long-term goals, and work hard to reach your goals," she wrote.

Crandall has been a student in Deerfield Public Schools from kindergarten through her senior year. As she and her fellow classmates continue their lives apart from USD 216, she hopes that she will be remembered fondly by her peers.

"Always friendly, willing to help out classmates or the class when they needed it," she wrote about how she wants to be remembered. "Devoted to my studies. (I) loved being a Deerfield Spartan."

Crandall will be making the transition soon from Spartan to a Lady Saint, as she will be playing basketball at Seward County Community College in Liberal. She intends to major in pre-med because she wants to have a career in the medical field, she wrote.

"(I'm) not sure if I want to be a physician or something bigger or smaller than that," she wrote.

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