Senior Spotlight - Delaney Dvorak

Our spectacular senior students will be graduating in a few short months. As their time at Cotter comes to an end we want to highlight their achievements and ask them “What’s next?”

Our next segment features Delaney Dvorak. Delaney took a few minutes to discuss the big decision that lies ahead, what she hopes to do in the future, and to offer some advice to our students who will be returning to Cotter next fall.

Delaney will hopefully be heading to the University of Wisconsin- Madison next fall. That is her top choice so far and she has already been accepted into the liberal arts honors program. She has also been accepted to Northeastern in Boston, University Colorado- Boulder, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. She is still waiting to hear from the University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, Northwestern in Chicago, and Boston University. It is hard to image those schools not admitting her since she is a National Merit Scholar with a G.P.A. over 4.02. She also scored a 32 and 34 on her two attempts on the ACT. In short, she is incredibly bright and focuses on her academics.

Delaney will begin her collegiate studies having already accrued several college credits with the possibility of achieving more before graduation this May. Besides the classes she took as Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) at St. Mary’s University; she also has taken several advanced placement honors classes or tests (AP). She will be testing in AP US History, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, US Government and Politics, Macro-Economics, and Micro-Economics. Wow!

At UW-Madison, Delaney will likely major in Molecular Biology and later hopes to attend medical school. She said Madison is her top choice because it is a “really good value of education for the price,” and she will have a lot of research opportunities available to her along with the potential to get into honors classes in her major. It doesn’t hurt that she has scholarships that will be covering over half of her tuition.

For “fun,” Delaney wants to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), a scribe at the UW Health or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She may also play club volleyball if she has time.

Delaney offered this advice for our underclassmen, “Take your classes seriously. Make sure you are prepared for college and for the process of applying.” She was glad that she applied early. Her applications were all submitted by mid-October and she believes that “limited the stress of waiting” and she didn’t have to worry about the application second semester. She also highly recommends taking PSEO classes. She said she was able to “knock out some Gen-Eds (general education requirements) and save some money in college.” It appears that her little sister, Macey, who is a freshman at Cotter is heeding her older sister’s advice. Delaney said that Macey is “already prepping for her ACT.”

Delaney is waiting until she reaches the clinical portion of medical school to decide her specific area of study. Whichever field she chooses, it isn’t hard to imagine that she will be an exceptional doctor. Best of luck, Delaney!