Buckeye Valley’s Carr sets goals high
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Born and raised in Texas, Demi Carr moved to Delaware in the fifth grade and into Buckeye Valley schools in the eighth grade.
The Buckeye Valley senior said her last year at the school is already going by “way too fast.” She said while sometimes she is stressed out, she is excited for college.
Demi’s goal is medical school, and she is looking at Otterbein University, The Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University. She is considering becoming either a pediatrician or an anesthesiologist. Her undergraduate focus would be biology, chemistry or another science.
Demi lost an older brother to cancer when she was 10 years old. She says that may have played a role in her career decision, but she has always liked math and science.
“It just came to me. If I was good in English, it would be a different story. I used to want to be a vet. But I like people; I want to work with people. It’s a good cause; a respected field,” she said of the profession.
“I want to set my goals high. I get done what I aim for,” she said. “People say it’s going to be hard, but I try my best. I think if I set my mind to it, I will get it. I have high standards.”
Demi is taking advanced placement literature, advanced placement language, calculus, physics and psychology this year. Accounting II is her “fun course.”
Demi is a student aide to Deana Hooper, her English teacher.
“As a junior in senior AP Literature last year, Demi showed a great deal of initiative on projects and essays,” Hooper said. “Although she had not had the same preparation as her senior peers, Demi contributed insight to class discussions of difficult material and regularly led those discussions. Last year she completed a project on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye. Her depth of understanding and creativity with this assignment impressed me for its refreshing perspective.
“This year Demi is working as my student aide, and she is invaluable. She helps me prepare materials for class and listens to ideas for lessons or projects. She willingly gives the student’s perspective so that I can tweak directions or refine the components. Her creativity is also beneficial in designing bulletin boards and decorating for school spirit and holidays,” Hooper said.
Gery Kovatch teaches advanced placement calculus and honors physics. He said that Demi is “the person everyone would want in their class, in their group, on their team or on their payroll. I consider myself doubly lucky because I have Demi in two classes.”
The teacher said that Demi is “a great person with a wonderful personality. She is a hard-working student who handles obstacles with grace. When faced with an especially difficult problem in AP Calculus or in Honors Physics, Demi is always up for the challenge, and always with a smile on her face. Demi has a positive attitude that noticeably stands out, but it stands out in a subtle and non-obtrusive way because it’s so purely positive — there just doesn’t seem to be any pessimism, or defeat, or negativity in Demi’s nature at all.”
Demi tutors other high school students, mostly in math and science. She is also applying for a job now that volleyball season is over.
She said she is “kind of heartbroken” that volleyball, a sport she began playing in the seventh grade, is now over for her.
“I’m really going to miss it — not just the game,” she said, adding that she and her teammates were like sisters. “I put so much time and effort into it, and now it’s gone.”
Demi was also on the track team for a while, but found that being in both sports not only took too much time, but had her facing the possibility of injury due to exhaustion. She stopped track last year to focus just on club volleyball.
She said she may do neither track nor volleyball in the spring, and just focus on school and senior activities. And to focus on getting in to medical school, she is also considering not playing volleyball in college.
Even with all the time in sports and studies, Demi still finds time to volunteer with projects through the National Honor Society. Her family also has its own fundraiser called Pennies from Heaven in which they all collect pennies in a jar. When the jar is full, they roll them and send them to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
She also plays Powder Puff football and Quidditch.
Demi said that while Quidditch, the game patterned after the Harry Potter novels, is fun, the students also take it seriously.
“We’re here for business,” she laughed.
In the near future, Demi hopes to hang out with her friends as long as she can.
“I’ve seen these people every day for years,” Demi said. “The senior class is tight knit. We’re close.”
Demi’s advice to underclassmen is to stay in the moment.
“School rushes by so fast,” she said. “Enjoy the little things as they happen. And don’t take anything for granted.”
Demi is the daughter of Crystal Zehnder and Joe Carr of Ostrander.