Senior Spotlight: Carson Kahley

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Senior Spotlight: Carson Kahley

Kahley poses with his quince drum in the band room.

Kahley poses with his quince drum in the band room.

Naomi Walker

Kahley poses with his quince drum in the band room.

Naomi Walker

Naomi Walker

Kahley poses with his quince drum in the band room.

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Business Manager

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Q: What was/is your favorite part of West?

A: My favorite part of West is drumline. I’ve been in drumline for four years and I just enjoy it. We are a pretty tight group, so it is fun.

 

Q: What do you play in drumline?

A: I play quince. There are five drums in one instrument and they are heavy, but fun.

 

Q: Why do you play drums?

A: Mainly because it is fun. I have always enjoyed it since I was younger. I’ve always looked forward to continue to do it.

 

Q: Where are you going to college and what are you studying?

A: I’m going to the University of Iowa and I have no idea what I want to study. Right now I am thinking something in business, but I’m not sure what yet.

 

Q: Are you going to play band in college?

A: I plan to be in the Hawkey drumline. 

 

Q: Who was/is your favorite teacher/class in high school?

A: My favorite teacher is Mr. Flaherty [social studies teacher Joe Flaherty]. We have a lot of fun. I am a TA [teacher’s assistant] for him right now. But my favorite class is band.

 

Q: What is your favorite or funniest memory from high school?

A: My favorite memory is calling Mr. Flaherty, flare bear. He hates it. It just came out of my mouth one day.

 

Q: What all have you participated in throughout all of your high school career?

A:  I have been in band, drumline, jazz band, musicals for Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, and [for] Seussical, I played pit. I did the variety show with drumline, NHS [National Honors Society], Junior Rotarian. I am a representative for West’s school board, and I did golf for two years.

 

Q: Would you go back and change something in the last four years if you could?

A: No, because I believe everything happens for a reason so I wouldn’t want to change anything.

 

Q: What are you most excited for, for the rest of your senior year?

A: Mainly just being with my friends while I can, before we all go to college and go our separate ways.

 

Q: What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

A: Don’t base what you think high school is going to be like off of the movies or what other people tell you.

 

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?

A: Hopefully I have a job, not sure what in. But making some money and just living a happy life.

 

Q: Who would you thank for helping you get through high school?

A: Probably Mr. Kretchmer [former band director]. He retired last year but he was always there for me when I needed anything. He taught me a lot of stuff, including life lessons, not just band.

 

Q: What have you learned in the last four years?

A: I guess how to be a better person. Getting put in certain leadership roles, whether it be being captain of the drum line or President of NHS [National Honors Society], it just formed me as a person.

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