Senior Spotlight Interview of Kayla Pinard: by Kimberly Kien


Can you tell us a little bit about your disability and how you think it has affected your life?

I have a physical disability called Arthrogryposis, it effects my muscles and joints. I was born without biceps, so I can’t bend my arms. I’ve had several surgeries on my legs, so I can walk. I can basically do anything everyone else can, but in a different way. Living with a disability has its up and downs, but it has taught me a lot of lessons. It has made me stronger as a person. It is only a disability if you make it one. I think of it as a blessing in disguise because I wouldn’t be where I am and who I am without it.

What are some major academic accomplishments that you have achieved throughout your high school years?

Some would be joining the computer graphics class because there’s so many professions that could include having the skills for Adobe programs.

What are are some of the major accomplishments that you’ve achieved in or out of school (not academic)?

Honestly, just in general growing up and high school teaching me some hard life lessons that transformed me into who I am today. What I’ve really accomplished in life during high school was not giving up and putting my mind to goals. I’ve found what career path would make me happy which is art therapy. I’ve found the tools to help me in life, now I got to use them.

What do you wish to achieve when you graduate?

I wish to achieve getting into a school that makes me happy. My plan is to go to a 2 year community college and then transferring to a university. My top choice is Lesley since they have an art therapy program.

What are some of the most memorable moments during your high school years?

Walking into a whole new world first day of freshman year and meeting the people I’ll get to refer as “my friend from high school”.

What advice would you give to the incoming freshmen?

Be nice to each other, join the newspaper and yearbook staff, make memories, and make high school worth your while. Have fun and don’t get caught up in the drama. Find your group of friends and stick with them for all the ups and downs.

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