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.”