Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School celebrates Class of 2020 valedictorian Rose Casolari.  Casolari is a very involved student at Lakes, a member of multiple clubs including National Honor Society, Student Council, Film Club, Drama, and more. She is a three time CHSL Scholastic All-Catholic, WXYZ Brightest & Best nominee. Casolari is attending Columbia College Chicago and even received a Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Art Portfolio. We asked her favorite teacher Mr. Kennedy about Casolari:

“Rose is by far the most motivated student that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her desire for true understanding is so very admirable. She is always pushing herself and the people around her to be better, including her teachers. Her headstrong nature is going to carry her through life, especially in her desire to work in film. Rose spearheaded a Film Club at Our Lady of the Lakes, not to watch films, but to make a film. That is the kind of student she is, and it is that resourcefulness and self-drive that make me believe in her success so fully. I will miss Rose when she’s gone, but I look forward to seeing where she goes from here.”

We wish Rose all the best in her future!

Q & A with Rose Casolari

Where are you going for college?
Columbia College Chicago

What is your major?
Television producing and entrepreneurship

What are three things on your bucket list?
Travel Europe, meet Meryl Streep, start a business

Describe yourself in one word:

What advice would you give to underclassmen??
Try things you wouldn’t normally do. I wasted a lot of high school being afraid so my best advice is whether your scared that you won’t fit in or something isn’t your scene try it anyways and you’ll be surprised how much fun you can have and soon you’ll have millions of amazing memories you can cherish when your a senior.

What will you miss most about Lakes?
The family. I’ll miss that everyday I walk in at least 20 people say good morning. Dance parties with Mrs Gainey. The incredible lunch. Blasting music in our cars before class. Getting breakfast together before exams. Cheering at games. And so much more.

Who is your favorite Saint?
St. Sophia.

What grade did you start at Lakes?

Educating students in grades PreK through 12 for over 60 years, Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School provides an educational experience grounded in Catholic Tradition, personal discipline and academic excellence. We offer small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios in a safe and secure family-oriented community. Weekly Mass complements a fully integrated one-to-one iPad program, championship athletics, K-12 robotics program, before and after school care, and much more!