Sibley Senior Spotlight: Catelin Do
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Catelin Do
Posted on 05/22/2015

The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown a commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Catelin Do
 Senior Catelin Do

Daughter of Kathy and Robert Do, from Eagan 

Before Catelin Do set foot inside a classroom, she knew where she wanted her educational journey to lead. As a result, Catelin has used time at Henry Sibley High School to getting closer to her longtime dream of becoming a doctor.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the medical field. Since I was four-years-old, I’ve wanted to be a doctor,” Catelin said. “I guess even at a young age I always knew I wanted to help people. I understood that my doctor made me feel better when I was sick and I wanted to do that for other people too.”

The opportunity to positively impact the lives of others has long been the draw for Catelin and, as a volunteer at St. Paul’s United Hospital, she has used her free time outside of school to benefit others.

She has also taken advantage of the course offerings at Henry Sibley to enhance her knowledge in many different pillars of medicine, including classes like Advanced Placement Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Psychology.

Catelin will take the next step in achieving her longtime goal when she enrolls at the University of Minnesota-Rochester in the fall, where she will major in Health Sciences.

However, Catelin’s dedication to the pursuit of a future in medicine has not prevented her from enjoying a well-balanced high school experience.

Throughout her time at Sibley, Catelin has been member of the girls’ tennis program. During her junior and senior years, Catelin performed in the Sibley concert choir, later adding her voice to the jazz choir as a senior. Catelin also made her drama club debut during her senior year, as she was cast as a member of the mission band during the Sibley production of Guys and Dolls.

Likewise, Catelin rounded out a rigorous education at Sibley by taking several other advanced classes, including AP courses like: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Language and Composition, and Physics Mechanics C. She also took a pair of College-in-the-Schools courses in German through the University of Minnesota. For her efforts in the classroom, Catelin has received three academic awards at Sibley and was named an AP Scholar in 2014.

She previously attended Pilot Knob Elementary and Friendly Hills Middle School.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Catelin: I will have Sibley to thank for my hopefully many successes after graduating. The curriculum here is excellent. The challenge and rigor that the classes have to offer pushes students outside of their comfort zone and enables them to think critically and innovatively. The opportunity to take these challenging classes is plentiful.

The teachers at Sibley have also put a lot of work into students succeeding after they leave. All my teachers were just so helpful. It is difficult to truly express my gratitude for these wonderful teachers committing their time to helping students whenever they need it.

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
The teacher who I have formed the best relationship with and also the one who inspires me most is my German teacher, Mr. (Tony) Kienitz. In the four years that he has been my teacher, he has helped me in more ways than he will ever know. He has shown some level of knowledge in every topic whenever we’ve had a casual conversation. It has been really eye opening to listen to him talk about different things, and to see that he's not fixated on just a few ideas. I hope that in time I will possess the same ability to be knowledgeable in many areas. 

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
A memory from Sibley that will always stay with me is GOFA week. GOFA just brings out an overwhelming sense of community and happiness in students and staff. The week is filled with fun events like the talent show and buyouts. I’m not sure most high schools would dedicate a week of awareness to raise money for deserving charities. 

What advice do you have for younger students about high school
The best advice I have for underclassmen would be to put yourself out there. Go join clubs that you're interested in, even if none of your friends are doing it. You will make new ones. Challenge yourself academically and sign up for those harder classes. Also, go get help from teachers when you feel yourself not absorbing the material. Nip it in the bud and don't let it spiral out of control. Finally, college comes around the corner faster than a freight train, so start your research early!

Anything else you’d like to share about your time at Sibley?
I could write a novella about my time at Sibley and all the wonderful memories and friendships that I have created, along with a plethora of thank you’s to all the teachers that I’ve had in my four years here. High school is what you make of it and I couldn’t be happier with how everything fell into place.

Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2015:

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Adan Rodriguez
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Mario Jimenez
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Georgia Meyer
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kyle Gilberg
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jennifer Gravelle
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Michelle Friedmann
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jeyca Maldonado-Medina
-Kania Johnson named Henry Sibley's 2015 Athena Award Winner
-Menssen, Wilton, Rocke and Krisko recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program
-Eighty-four Sibley students earn AP Scholar honors 
-Courtney Dean named Naitonal Achievement Scholarship semifinalist
-Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Adrian Rocke