“…by being involved with the school and falling in love with the close knit community, have become a student leader here at Tourtellotte, and now have gained the confidence to have my voice heard.”Sophia Prouty
College: Nichols College
What is your dream job? Makeup is a passion of mine, and the idea of working for one of my favorite brands one day to help promote and market their products excites me.
Who was your favorite teacher or administrator during your time at TMHS? What subject did they teach? What made her or him special?
My favorite teacher during my time here at Tourtellotte is Mrs. Tupaj. She taught business classes including personal finance and marketing, as well as a computer applications class where students learned how to properly type and use Microsoft apps. Mrs. Tupaj is an amazing teacher that taught me a lot about the economy, what it is like to work at a business, and how to survive the real world one step at a time. She is a teacher who is always there for her students, and someone people can go to for help. She is adored for her kindness and for believing that all of her students can move on to bigger and better things after high school. I will miss her and hope we can stay in touch.
What is something about TMHS that people might not know, but should?
Something some people may not know about Tourtellotte is the opportunities the school gives you. Although the school is very small, it is still very easy to succeed and have your voice heard. You can join many different clubs or sports or make a difference in the school by joining Student Council or running to be a class officer. Plus, the staff here is always doing there best to help all of their students to succeed. Just remember, small school, big opportunities.
What advice would you give to next year’s ninth grade students coming to TMHS?
If I could give any advice at all to the upcoming ninth grade class, it is to not be afraid and try your best to be involved in the school. Join a club or sport. Go to school events like homecoming and games. Don’t slack off in your classes and try and come out of your comfort Zone. It may not be easy, but I did it, and I know you can as well. Just keep your head up and remember high school is what you make of it, and getting involved is one way to make it fun and enjoyable.
What makes TMHS special? Why?
What makes TMHS special is the closeness of the school. It is very small, but that is a good thing. Teachers are always there to help you, you can always find a friend to talk to, and it is easy to achieve greatness and stand out. Don’t be afraid. My freshmen year I was very quiet, no one ever heard a peep out of me. But by being involved with the school and falling in love with the close knit community, have become a student leader here at Tourtellotte, and now have gained the confidence to have my voice heard. Tourtellotte truly prepares you to take on the world, and the lessons I have learned here will always remember.
Sophia’s teachers say…
Sophia is a caring individual who goes the extra mile on her assignments, goes out of her way to help her peers who struggle by volunteering to help them during class, will sit with a “new” student in the cafeteria so he/she is not eating alone, and steps up to the plate in many leadership roles at TMHS. She is quick to volunteer no matter who asks for help. She is a leader who enjoys flying under the radar when it comes to being recognized in public for all her accomplishments.