SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School senior Kaysi Amelia Fajardo is an avid runner. The Milltown native has been a member of the Spotswood High School cross-country team as well as a hurdler and sprinter for the winter and spring track teams. During her time as a Charger, she has been involved in student government. Junior year she was her class' president for the Student Council. This year Fajardo was the senior representative at the Spotswood Board of Education meetings. She was March's Student-of-the-Month.
The student/athlete has also been a part of the Spotswood High School's award-winning music program. Fajardo played the tenor saxophone for the Honors Wind Ensemble and was a member of the school's Music Club as well. She was also a member of TEAMS. Her favorite class at Spotswood High School was AP Biology with SHS Science teacher Rima Michaels.
"Taking Advanced Placement Biology my junior year is easily one of the best decisions I've ever made," Fajardo said. "Mrs. Michaels' guidance made it clear to me that I wanted to pursue biology. This was also one of the first classes that really challenged me and pushed me to be the best I can be even when times were tough. Having a structured course in a subject I loved really helped me see the value in education and helped keep me motivated through the stress that comes with junior year."
Fajardo tapped her top teacher as SHS Social Studies teacher Michael Curto.
"I first had Mr. Curto my sophomore year, and I was terrified of him, but by my senior year I found myself enrolling in Advanced Placement Government and Politics just to have another class with him," Fajardo explained. "Mr. Curto has had a big influence on me in many aspects of my life, from how I write to how I take on challenges. Mr. Curto has taught me to see the value in all I do and how to persevere during the toughest of times, he taught me how to have confidence and be proud of my accomplishments and how to be even more proud of my failures. He never let me give up. I owe a lot of my success to him, academically and personally."
Fajardo was active in and out of the classroom at Spotswood High School and has accumulated a lot of fond memories though it was difficult for the teen to isolate just one.
"It is hard to pick a favorite memory from my time at Spotswood High School," she explained. "However, one of my favorite Chargers' memories has to be this past cross-country season when all my closest friends came to support the lady Chargers at the Group Championship meet. Hearing my friends cheering me on during the final stretch of my final race was amazing. The group hug after that race was a moment I'll never forget."
Fajardo will be headed to Boston's Northeastern University in the fall. She plans to major in Cell and Molecular Biology and minor in Music. Her running shoes will be heading up to New England too.
"I plan to continue to run in a club and hope to intern at the College of London, with the intentions of attending Oxford University or UCLA in the future to extend my studies."
"I would like to thank Spotswood High School for all the opportunities it has given me," Fajardo added. "With special thanks to teachers and staff like Mr. Curto, Mr. Peabody, Mr. Pareti and Mrs. Carino for never giving up on me and giving me the support and encouragement that has gotten to me where I am today. Their guidance has shaped me into who I am and I can never thank them enough."