Youth Profile: Perry’s Shively to major in special education

By Sam Shriver -

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Caitlin Shively, a 17-year-old senior at Perry High School, is hoping to pursue a degree in special education.

“I always wanted to be a teacher because my dad was a teacher, and I work well with kids,” Shively said. “I feel like I have the special heart that special teachers have, and I would just do well in that field.”

She’s narrowing down her choice of university, leaning towards Ohio State University or the University of Findlay.

Up until the recent closing of school due to the COVID-19 virus, Shively was involved in volleyball, basketball and softball, but her favorite is volleyball.

“I grew up around volleyball, and my friends and I played it together our whole lives. I just grew to love it and I hope to coach it one day,” Shively said.

She believes her participation in sports will help her later in life, teaching important skills.

“To not give up on the first try… and that you’re going to fail throughout life, but the best thing to do is get back up and try again, rather than just give up,” she said.

Shively is National Honor Society president at Perry and vice president of Varsity P., SADD and Gatekeepers. She’s also a cheerleader and has really enjoyed her experience at Perry.

“I love the community. I feel like it’s very small, but everyone’s very friendly, like I just walked in the library and four people said ‘hi’ to me. It’s just an amazing community,” Shively added.

By Sam Shriver

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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