Hayes’ Castle makes the grade
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Hayes High School senior Cassy Castle has always wanted to teach, at least since kindergarten.
She laughed recalling that just the other day she and her mother found an old kindergarten paper she wrote that said she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.
She has since narrowed it down to math teacher.
Cassy said there have been many that have advised her not to follow this road as the teaching field has lost jobs in recent years.
“I did consider for a while becoming an accountant,” she mused. But she said she knows her parents will support her in any final decision she makes. “I was fortunate to realize early enough that it is not all about the money.”
She volunteers as a math tutor now and said she loves seeing the students grow.
Cassy is taking advanced placement calculus this year. She has always liked and “been pretty decent at math growing up,” she said, admitting to being a closet nerd.
“Cassy is the type of student that every teacher dreams of having in class. She is extremely bright, very hardworking and dedicated to being a success at everything she does. You know you have a great student when they have a 98 percent in your class and yet still come to you to ask questions to ensure that they understand the other 2 percent,” said Hayes math teacher Shawn Gray. “Beyond her own success, Cassy also treasures the opportunities to help those around her become better people and students. She doesn’t hesitate to help explain problems to a classmate who doesn’t understand. She is very active within our community through various organizations both within and outside of our school, each of which performs service activities. She sincerely wants to make the world around her a better place.”
Gray added that Cassy is “not just a dream student, she is the type of person that I pray my daughter grows up to be like.”
So far Cassy has been accepted into Bowling Green State and Kent State universities next year and is also considering Youngstown. She is leaning toward Bowling Green based on other teachers’ comments about the school.
“I would really, really like to go there,” she said. She is applying for the leadership academy at Bowling Green, which she would attend for a month in the summer, and has plans to, no matter where she goes, go into the honors program.
Cassy entered the Delaware City school system, moving from Galion, beginning at Dempsey Middle School in the 8th grade.
“It was tough. The only time I’ve ever moved,” she said. While she made the transition to the new team at Dempsey, high school was a bit more daunting.
“But I got involved in stuff right away, and that helped,” she said.
She ran for student council, and was secretary her freshman year.
“I met new people and learned what all goes on at high school,” she said. Laughing, she added, the high school experience has been fine up until this point, indicating she is sharing in the normal senior stress along with the rest of her class.
While this is the first year she is not on student council, Cassy has kept a full plate. She is president of National Honor Society, which takes a lot of time, she admits, especially when the group is doing more community service this year. She is also in choir, is an in-school tutor, library aid, recently joined Future Christian Athletes, as well as earned the county optimist award this year and is in the music honor society.
Cassy also does a lot in the community with her church, in addition to singing on the praise team.
Jeff Jones, assistant principal at Hayes, had Cassy as a student before he became an administrator.
“She is an outgoing, kind individual who has a good head on her shoulders. She is able to look beyond herself as a person, which is a skill that is not easily acquired. She is academically strong and has a very bright future, no matter what profession she chooses to go into — but my understanding is that she would like to teach, which would be an outstanding calling for her given her academic ability and outgoing personality. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for her as I am confident she will make some group or organization better,” he said.
Cassy is also the student representative on the school district’s board of education.
“It was a good year to be on with the levy and all. I was a little scared at first. I did not really know the superintendent. Everything is so official, but it’s cool to see behind the scenes. Especially with the levy, it opened my eyes to opportunities the school gives us,” she said, adding she respects the board and teachers and superintendent. “He’s an amazing leader.”
“Cassy is a strong peer leader because of the unfailingly positive example she sets,” said district superintendent Paul Craft. “I count on Cassy for her insightful, student-based perspective on our district’s challenges and successes.”
In sports, Cassy participates in cross country, where she is a captain in her second year on the team.
“I did it initially to stay in shape, but I’m a competitive person so I really got into it,” she said.
But her main sport is softball. Starting with T-ball at the age of 5, Cassy has always played the sport and is now captain.
“Cassy has one of the most sincere hearts of anyone I have encountered. She has such compassion for others and is the epitome of living life to serve other people. As a student and as a softball player Cassy always puts her classmates/teammates first and never focuses on herself. In May, we won the OCC championship in softball and there was not a happier kid in our dugout and she hadn’t even played much. That’s the kind of character and integrity she possesses and it’s really special, given her age. In class, she does the same thing consistently seeking out ways to help those who struggle,” said social studies teacher Jordan Blackburn. “She is a person who means what she says, who does what she indicates she will do, and who always sees the good in other people and situations. Her attention to detail and consistent upbeat attitude are refreshing, as she is not concerned with her grade as much as she is with learning as much as she possibly can.”
“Cassy Castle is a winner and she continues to do great things for the rest of her life because she understands what it means to sacrifice for the good of the group. When a 17-year-old understands the concept of sacrifice, he/she is on their way to becoming a success as a college student, a future employee of an organization, a spouse, and a friend. Other than that she’s just OK.”
Babysitting full time the past two summers, Cassie learned quickly about money and how to save as she pays for her own gas.
The most important thing, Cassy said, is that “high school flies by quicker than you realize. From the first day whatever you do now will impact your future.”
She said she knows some that now regret the grades they received a couple years ago.
“It does not feel like I’ve been here three and a half years,” she said. She admits to being excited about the future, “but scared to death. I get homesick easily. I still have some growing up to do.”
Yet she is very excited about college and being out on her own.
For now, though, she wants to make the most of senior year and the time with her friends. Her goal is to stay as involved as possible and not waste any time.
“I’ve grown since freshman year. I’ve always been really involved. People tell me they look to me for leadership. I don’t just want to, I feel like I need to,” she said of her leadership tendencies.
Cassy is the daughter of Angel Matson of Delaware and Ron Castle of Galion.