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Senior Stories: Cormac Bartlett

After graduation, Cormac will attend the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with plans to double major in Linguistics and Film, and minor in Indigenous Studies. 

One of his dream jobs is to help revitalize indigenous languages. “Language revitalization is immensely important to me because most, if not all, indigenous languages across the world are endangered, and I want them to survive long into the future,” explained Cormac. “I hope that I can visit and maybe work in the Four Corners region, where I have family.”

His other dream job would be to work in the film or TV industry, specifically directing movies and TV shows that he has written. In his spare time, Cormac enjoys reading and writing. “My favorite genres to read are post-apocalypse and both Native fiction and nonfiction. I like to incorporate themes of both into my writing as well. I am writing mostly movies, but also a TV show and a book.” Cormac loves movies because they allow him to express himself creatively. 

At Richfield High School, Cormac has been involved in theatre all four years, acting, dancing and singing in a variety of different roles. “What I like about acting is getting to be someone else,” he said. “I've also been in GLOW, Richfield's Gay-Straight Alliance, all four years. I love the community and getting to be with like-minded people.”

“Cormac was a great help in expanding GLOW to Richfield Middle School this year,” added school social worker Nicki Keen. “He is kind and a great listener and helped to create such a safe, supportive space during our virtual meetings with the group. He volunteered to lead activities and was helpful in all that we did.”

Cormac also served on the Safe and Supportive Schools Committee, where he helped to ensure District policies and practices were aligned with student needs. “Cormac is one of the most brilliant and brave students I have met,” said Director of Student Support Services Christina Gonzalez, who chairs the Safe and Supportive Schools Committee. “Cormac participates in many activities and is a thoughtful, equity-focused, and inclusive student. It has been such an honor to work with him.”

His favorite thing about Richfield High School is the people. “My classmates and teachers make it fun and interesting every day. I love getting to be a part of the community that my classmates and I have built over the last four years,” he explained. “My favorite class this year was English. We read a ton of different books and writings from authors from tons of different backgrounds. I feel like I learned so much, and broadened my own perspective.”

His advice to incoming freshmen: “Just do what you can. It's gonna be hard sometimes, and there's gonna be work that might feel like too much, but don't stress. It's gonna be okay.”

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Senior Stories: Natalie Hanson

Natalie is looking forward to attending the University of Colorado Boulder’s Engineering Honors Program to study Environmental Engineering. She hopes to become an environmental engineer and travel the world working on engineering projects. “Each country has its own unique problems for environmental engineers to solve, so I hope to learn more about different problems around the world."

Senior Stories: Helen Nguyen

One of our star senior athletes at RHS, Helen walked into every practice with a positive mindset and the intent to get better. In fact, that’s what she is most proud of. “I know I put a lot of dedication into becoming a better athlete despite how hard practice gets.” During her career at RHS, she has been involved with tennis, cross country, nordic skiing and track, as well as gymnastics.

Senior Stories: Jillian Turner

The future is wide open for Jillian! Her “realistic” goal is to become a high school English teacher. However, she dreams of becoming a writer or an actor, preferably in musical theater. “I’ve had a dream to become an author since elementary school and it has stuck with me ever since.” Even though her dreams of becoming an actor are more recent, she says she would still “drop everything to be on Broadway.”

Senior Stories: Joe Carr

Joe Carr has been a bright spot in our Richfield community for years.  As he graduates this year, he is looking forward to attending Transition Plus at the South Education Center, where he will explore career and other post-secondary options. His dream job is to be a sports play-by-play announcer and if he could meet anyone, it would be Jason Benetti, a Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer who also has cerebral palsy.

Senior Stories: Riley Herling

Riley comes from a family of Richfield graduates, including her brother and both parents. “They all had great experiences here and loved it.” Her favorite thing about RHS is the wide range of opportunities, as well as the diversity at the school.

Senior Stories: Amara Ramirez

Amara Ramirez is looking forward to attending St. Catherine University this fall and majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. "My dream job is to become a diabetes care and education specialist," she said.

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