2023 Valedictorian Katherine Brill


Benet Academy

The Class of 2023 Valedictorian Katherine Brill.

Editor’s Note: This piece was also posted in the Benet Herald 2023 Graduation Edition.

How did you develop your strong work ethic?

My primary motivation for working hard is knowing that academics are important. If I work hard now, I will have more opportunities open to me in the future. I also want to use the education I have been given to do something positive for other people.

Benet Academy is full of smart students, what did you do to set yourself apart?

One of the things that helped me most academically was learning to ask for help. It is not a sign of weakness, but it has empowered me to move beyond my shortcomings and understand what I would not have been able to understand on my own, especially in math class.

What are your college plans? Where are you going, and what are you studying?

I will attend Benedictine University and plan to study biology, but that may change, maybe to physics. I love the complexity of life, so a career in biology would allow me to explore that interest while contributing to research, perhaps in medicine.

What advice do you have for future Benet Academy students?

You are infinitely valuable and nothing can take that away. Your worth does not come from what you do or do not accomplish. However, what you do with your talents is important, and through them you can make the world a better place.

If you could have a Benet Academy do over, what would you do differently?

I would pursue interests outside of my core classes like attending more Art Club and MUSE meetings, or even taking an art class. I regret not taking advantage of Benet’s opportunities in art.

Who would you like to thank for influencing, motivating, or supporting you?

I would like to thank my family for loving, helping, and supporting me. I would also like to thank my teachers for working hard to help us to learn and improve ourselves.

Who are your role models?

My primary role model is my mother. She is incredibly intelligent and hardworking, but she is also caring and compassionate. She taught me that the most important thing one can do every day is to treat others with respect and kindness.

What would you like the Benet Academy Community to know about you?

I would like people to know that I have found hobbies helpful. With all of the pressure of school, it is good to have something else to do and think about.

What would surprise people about you? Any hidden talents or aspirations?

It is not really hidden talent, but I do draw for a hobby. I love to draw my own characters and occasionally write stories about them. I hope to continue to improve my drawing and writing in the future.

What is your favorite Benet Academy memory? What event or moment will you take away?

My favorite memory of Benet is building relationships. I treasure the memories of meeting my friends and spending time with them.