James Armstrong

Hello! I am a boarding senior and have been at Cate since freshman year and currently serve as a Cate tour guide and the school president.  The Mesa has been an outstanding center for opportunity for me.  Sometimes you can easily see these opportunities and other times you can create your own.   This is all at a place that gives you the opportunity to be part of a rigorous academic institution that strives to make scholars out of its students.  Here on the Mesa student clubs range from all interest groups and every student can play any sport.  I don’t believe that I could have been able to play even one varsity sport back at home nor could I have participated in Student Senate.  Many people here say that “stepping out of the comfort zone” is a key to succeeding here.  Of course, this is not easy to do, but when you do “step out,” you help create even more opportunities for yourself.  Luckily, this is easier to do alongside peers and guiding teachers.  One of the greatest things Cate allows for is knowing every member of the community.  In the close quarters of our Mesa, it is only natural for close relationships to spark.  Everyone has at Cate has a story to tell, and getting to know many of the people at Cate has truly shaped my perspective and interests.  Of course, this is only the tip of the opportunity iceberg, but it surely tells that Cate is a different experience than one you may find elsewhere.  I look forward to helping the perspective students throughout this school year and wish the best of luck to all those applying.