Kenneth Laverty is involved in a wide range of activities on and off campus. The 17-year-old graduated from Enochs High School in May with a cumulative GPA of 4.2.
On campus, he ran cross country for all four years. Kenneth was involved in the Forensic Biotechnology Academy, and the biotech academy. These academies' curriculum included deductive reasoning and gene manipulation, which influenced his decision to pursue a career as a biotechnologist. He participates in community science events.
Kenneth was on the speech and debate team. He participated in Lincoln-Douglas debate, which is a one-on-one contest of morals. The debates are on current events, and Kenneth says, "You learn about others' opinions and understand it to become well rounded. Plus, it's fun to debate." He also was involved in parliamentary procedure and original advocacy speech events.
Kenneth has taken many Advanced Placement classes, including English, literature, U.S. history, European history, biology and government.
He is a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Modesto and leads the music group for the youth Mass on Sundays. He participates in Youth Leadership for the Diocese of Stockton and the CORE group.
Kenneth participated in the Catholic Relief Services Food Fast. This event lasted 24 hours to help bring awareness to problems such as international hunger that aren't normally seen, and to take action. He was also on the board for planning On Fire, a Catholic Youth Conference hosted for Northern California teens. It was a four-month process meeting with other youth in six other dioceses.
Kenneth plans to attend the University Nevada, Reno, and major in biotechnology.
Parents: Philip and Michelle Laverty
Sibling: Matthew, 14
Hobbies: Running, debating, video games
Big Influence: My parents
Last book read for fun: "Wanted Man" by Lee Child
Favorite TV Show: "Psych"
Favorite Movie: "Borne Ultimatum"
Favorite Music: A Day to Remember
Biggest Fear: Not being there for my friends when they need me
What I'd tell the president: We can't spend more to save more.
Advice for kids: Enjoy the moment before it's gone.
Advice for adults: Be there when you can and always keep the people important to you close to you.
Where you will be in 10 years: A biotechnologist with some biotechnology company