BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport senior Kamden Dulaney has challenged himself to become better throughout his high school career, shifting most of his focus on academics in his final year to help prepare him for college and a career in medicine.
Dulaney’s hard work has helped him reach a grade point average of over 4.0. Academics, he said, have always been important to him.
“I’ve never had a B before, and (going) over the 4.0 came from the AP classes, which my senior year I ended up taking six at the same time,” he said.
His list of AP classes included literature, psychology, calculus AB and BC, and art.
“Previous to that year, I was unsure if I wanted to take them, but I decided to take that challenge. Personally, I like challenging myself academically. I also thought that if I take some of the hardest classes I can take in high school that I’d be prepared in college with what they have to offer,” he said.
In addition to academics, Dulaney ran cross country for three years, was part of the theater program and was in several clubs, including National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Key Club.
“Before high school, I hadn’t been really active. Back in elementary school, I played soccer when I was younger, then I quit for a time period. Then when I got back into high school, I felt I wanted to be part of an athletic team and be active. So actually first I decided to try out for the soccer team. That didn’t work out, so I decided cross country seems fun and ended up sticking with it through high school,” he said.
Having always been interested in music, theater was only natural, Dulaney said.
While he participated in a show in the third grade, it wasn’t until he was part of a production of “Peter Pan” in middle school — it had a mix of both middle and high school students — that he really became interested and decided to pursue theater in high school.
With a packed schedule all four years, he said he had to learn to balance academics with other facets of his life. Because of his busy senior year, he elected not to run cross country or participate in theater. He was planning on running track in the spring, but COVID-19 nixed that.
Having the school year end abruptly brought its own challenges, Dulaney said.
“I felt because all of our senior activities and all of those ends, we never really got to have those, so it kind of felt like a period of limbo between when school ended, this period now and when we have our graduation. I feel I have all these loose ends,” he said.
Regardless, he said he still feels ready to pursue forensic science at Fairmont State University in the fall, which will be the first step toward medical school. He thinks it’s the “best program” for an undergrad that can only help him get into medical school.
He hopes to stay in-state to pursue medicine, hopefully at West…
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