Ally Hamilton '20 has been a Canterbury student since the age of two. That's 16 years as a Cavalier, and throughout those years, Hamilton has excelled as an artist, an athlete, and a scholar. Next fall she will attend Purdue University to study Elementary Education, but before she leaves Canterbury, we wanted to learn more about her time as a student here.
In what ways do you see yourself as an artist?
As an Artist, I participated in the chamber choir for two years and I have been in honors choir throughout high school at Canterbury. I have always loved to sing but I am very shy about it, I think the art teachers do an amazing job of growing's kids' confidence and pushing them to their full potential.
In what ways do you see yourself as an athlete?
As an athlete, I was one of three soccer captains and I made sure to attend everyone else's sporting events to keep the Cavalier spirit high! One of my favorite memories of soccer was winning sectionals over Blackhawk in 2018. My best friend Sophie Terrell had just scored the winning goal we needed in penalty kicks, and my team and I couldn't have been happier for her. The whole girls' soccer team flooded her with hugs. Us soccer girls are truly a family and I wouldn't trade that moment for the world.
In what ways do you see yourself as a scholar?
As a scholar, I have seen myself grow so much over these years. I have always had to work very hard to get grades I'm happy with, and it hasn't always been easy for me. As a child, I grew up a Purdue Boilermaker, and it has been my forever dream to get into that school. Canterbury really pushed me as a scholar to have the best chance of getting in, and I truly am thankful for that. Now when I come back to visit Canterbury, I will be repping my Purdue black and gold but will always be a Cavalier at heart.
What will you remember most about Canterbury?
What I will remember most about Canterbury are the teachers. They all have a special place in my heart, and they all have influenced me in such a powerful way. From Mrs. Corson in Grade 1 being patient with me while I struggled to read, my mom (Mrs. Hamilton) in Grade 7 English pushing me to write that perfect thesis statement, to Mr. Gray keeping me in high spirits when the high school days got hard, they have all taught me so much, and it has been an absolute joy to have spent the past 16 years at Canterbury with them.
Who is a teacher that positively impacted your time at Canterbury?
A teacher who impacted my time at Canterbury would have to be my advisor, Mrs. Short. She was the new math teacher my freshman year. So, we were both new to town. I was lucky enough to get put into her advisory, and staying with her the past four years has truly been such a blessing for me. She is the most faithful, beautiful, and selfless person I know, and I wouldn't have been able to get through some rough patches in my life if it wasn't for her. She is my teacher and my best friend all in one and I am going to cherish her friendship forever.
As someone who embodies "artist, athlete, scholar," what advice do you have for students moving up into high school?
For the kids entering the high school and the kids going through currently, remember one thing: it isn't about always getting that 100% on a test, or keeping a 4.0 GPA. As nice as that would be, school is hard. However, there is so much more to gain in high school: the friendships you make, how you focus on your path to let yourself grow as a person, and being yourself. Sometimes high school can be tough, but you are a beautiful creation, and don't let anyone or any grade tell you otherwise.