Julia Rose, daughter of Jessica and Michael Shanahan, and Jason and Kate Rose, has been named Chatham High School’s Class of 2020 Salutatorian.
Julia is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Student Government (Secretary), CHS Pit Orchestra, CHS Art and Literary Magazine, and Model Congress. Among the awards she has received are the DAR Good Citizens Award, Clarkson University High School Leadership Award, and Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement and Social Conscience. She was also a recipient of the Gellert Cornell Admissions Invitation. Throughout high school, Julia loved playing on the varsity girl’s soccer team, which she had the opportunity to be a co-captain of this year. She also played for the Black Rock FC private league throughout middle school and high school. She received the Section 2 Class C All-Star Award and the MVP Award for Chatham’s varsity girl’s soccer team. Alongside soccer, music is a large part of her life. She has played piano since the first grade and recently had her senior recital. She was heavily involved in chorus and orchestra (where she played the cello) throughout high school, and hopes to continue to be involved in music throughout her college experience.
Julia is most proud of volunteering at Albany Medical Center over the past two summers, where she was able to interact with a variety of patients and be exposed to different career paths in the medical field. As a senior, she participated in the New Visions Medical Program through Questar III, where she shadowed in Samaritan Hospital on a weekly basis. She also studied Human Biology through The Sage Colleges and Anatomy and Physiology through HVCC. These experiences helped her realize her love for the healthcare field. Julia plans on attending Boston College where she will be majoring in biology on a pre-med track.