Hello, my name is Casey McDermott and I am 16 years old. I am from Illinois and moved to Palm City, Florida this past summer. Now, I am attending Martin County High School and am enjoying the time I have here with my newfound friends. Although, next year, my journey will continue as I spend my senior year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in The Netherlands!
It all started when my Spanish teacher told the class one day about the program, it was right as we were walking in and it was loud in the class but I heard loud and clear. After class I immediately asked for a website with more information. You can imagine her surprise because I had just arrived as a new student from Chicago, but she believed in me from that moment on. I knew that I wanted to study abroad because of stories my dad tells me from his many business trips and my positive experience from moving it was definitely what I wanted. My family was more than excited and has been 100% supportive of me.
As for me, I enjoy time with my family and my friends, and volunteering with the kids each week at church. I also like traveling, ballet, and adventures. I also love to read and watch movies. In my family, I have three siblings. Including, my oldest brother Ryan who is currently attending North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. Also, there is my little sister Lindsay who is attending Martin County High School as a freshman. Youngest, is my little brother Joe who is three.
This next year is going to be one I will never forget. I cannot wait to start my year of adventure. Thank you Rotary for this amazing experience. I would not be able to have this opportunity without all of you.