Courtney Kissack, 18
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Senior
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES) senior Courtney Kissack is involved with many school activities, but there is one she hopes will continue making an impact long after she has graduated: Girl Talk.
Courtney, daughter of Carmen and Joe Kissack, founded a chapter of the national peer-to-peer mentoring program on the Holy Innocents’ campus last school year. She thought of beginning Girl Talk, in which high school girls mentor their middle school peers, as part of an assigned service project for her ethics class.
“I wanted to do something more, something that has a legacy,” Courtney said. “Having group leaders at my church who are in their mid-20s has had such a great effect on me. And I think the same could be true for middle school girls. Having high school girls talk to them about the issues they’re facing at that age can make such a difference.”
When Courtney is not busy mentoring middle-schoolers, she can be found in the theater, either performing or working behind the scenes for the HIES Upper School Players. Her other activities include serving as the co-editor of the Crimson & Gold school newspaper, president of the National Honor Society and student council executive board secretary. She also plays varsity golf and volunteers with the Horizons summer program, which encourages children of low-income families to reach their potential.
Courtney said that balancing schoolwork and activities comes easily to her.
“I think at an early age I learned that you don’t have to do everything, but if you want to, then you can. You just have to make time for school, your family and relationships,” she said. “I’m just so happy that during my senior year I have been given so many opportunities to give back to Holy Innocents’.”
Courtney said she hopes to be accepted to Vanderbilt University. She said she plans to major in communication with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. In the meantime, she plans to enjoy the remainder of her senior year and give back as much as she can to the school.