The salutatorian of St. Paul Catholic High School’s Class of 2015, is a New Britain resident and the daughter of Steven and Dorothy Riddick.
“I took psychology here and I absolutely loved it,” she said. “I loved learning how the brain works and how people learn, so I definitely want to continue to study that. Because I want to do pre-med I brought in neuroscience as well and combine the two.”
Her eventual goal is to go to medical school and specialize in neurology.
A highlight of high school for her was tutoring younger students in math, Spanish, and theology.
“By tutoring I was able to connect with people on a personal level, help them recognize their strengths and their weaknesses, and help them achieve their goals in areas they felt they were weak in,” she said.
Riddick said her favorite activity at St. Paul was being on the math team. Second favorite was the Journalism Club, where she worked on the school paper.
“We didn’t have too many people in Journalism but we experimented with different strategies of how to make up for that,” she said.
Early in her high school years, Riddick was also a member of the Art, Photography, Food, Movie, Renaissance, and Spanish clubs, as well as Student Government and working on the yearbook, and played tennis.
Later on, she took ballet, joined the Culture and Language Club and the Mission Club, and was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society as a sophomore, junior and senior.
She received awards for excellence in Algebra I, English I, Keyboarding, Spanish I, Religion IV, and AP English IV; the Yale Book Award; the Michael J. Lepore Family Scholarship; the Rebecca Grigos Memorial Scholarship; and the Superintendent’s Summa Scholar Award; among others.
Riddick also did volunteer service for Wilbert Snow Elementary School in Middletown, the New Britain branch of the NAACP, and the Bristol Boys & Girls Club Cambridge Park Unit.