Irvington High School salutatorian Lindsay Shapiro spends so much time outside, shes decided to major in environmental engineering at the University of Delaware next fall.
I love the environment, she said. I spend a lot of running outside, and I kind of have a connection with treating the planet the way it should be treated. And Im also a very math- and science-based student, so I kind of wanted to combine my interests.
In fact, much of the senior and Tarrytown natives time is spent outdoors. Shapiro runs track and cross country at Irvington High. Shes currently interning with Groundwork Hudson Valley, a nonprofit environmental group based in Yonkers. Shapiro is also the youth representative on the Tarrytown Recreation Advisory Council.
And when shes hanging out with friends?
We are always generally outside; Im a very outdoorsy person, she said, laughing while she mentioned that they play all sort of lawn games (Frisbee, croquet, etc.).
Shapiro loves sports, and she found that balancing that with academics was a challenge. But she said being active is very important to her.
I think its important to be well rounded and not one dimensional, which is also something I tried to think about through high school, she said, noting her involvement playing the saxophone in the band.
Shapiro also does a lot of community service. During her junior year, she took a service trip to Nicaragua during February vacation. Shapiro raised the funds to go on the trip without help from her parentswhich she said was really important to her.
It was kind of a hurdle to get it by my parents because Nicaraguas not the safest country, she said.
This summer, Shapiro will be working at a day camp through the Jewish Community Center in Tarrytown. She said her parents wanted her to be home before school started.
Shapiro will be the counselor to the youngest boys group, which she said should be interesting.
I attended sleep-away camp for seven years and I was a counselor there for two, so I have experience with being a counselor, she said.
Shes looking forward to graduation.
It should be really nice just to address our class after all these years together, she said. I mean, Irvington is a pretty small town, so you know you get those odd-two new students each year, but basically its the general 162 kids that youve been with since kindergarten. So its a really nice day.
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