Sydney M.

Q: Class Rank?

A: 2nd (salutatorian)

Q: Parents?

A: Tonya and Thomas Murray.

Q: Future Plans?

A: Attend Siena College to major in biology as a part of their B.A./M.D. program, then attend Albany Medical College. I will also be diving on Siena’s DI swimming and diving team. 

Q: Honors & Awards?

A: Rotary student volunteer recognition award, scholar-athlete, Section V scholarship recipient, Noyes Health Auxiliary scholarship recipient, three-time student of the year, Clarkson and Wells College leadership awards. 

Q: Activities & Sports?

A: Diving, cross country, dance, Interact Club, Student Council, Brainstormers, PageTurners. 

Q: What’s your proudest achievement from high school?

A: Getting into medical school at 17 through a B.A./M.D. program. 

Q: What will you miss most about school?

A: I will miss how easy it is to see your friends every day 

Q: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in high school?

A: To find what means the most to you, prioritize it, and work hard for it.

Q: What do you hope your life looks like in 10 years?

A: In 10 years I hope to have graduated medical school, started residency, done some traveling, and have a dog.  

Q: Who inspires you to do your best?

A: I would like to think it’s myself. I believe that you should do your best for yourself and not because of what other people think or for them. 

Q: What’s your favorite place in Avon?

A: My dance studio where I have the best memories. It’s where I’ve grown into who I am and met a family of teammates and teachers. 

Q: If you could tell your 8th grade self one thing, what would it be?

A: Don't put so much pressure on yourself, prioritize your happiness, and believe in yourself.

Q: What would the title of your autobiography be?

A: “All Over the Place and Everywhere.”

Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life?

A: Natalie Portman.

Q: How has living through a pandemic changed you?

A: It has made me appreciate the time spent with friends more and prioritize what makes me happy.

Q: What scares you about the future?

A: The uncertainty of it and losing a familiar support system.

Q: What gives you hope about the future?

A: That you have control over your future and can make it anything you want to be 

Q: What advice would you give your 38-year-old self about being a good parent to a teenager?

A: Since my kids will most likely be dogs, I would tell myself to spoil them.