Super Seniors

When we asked the principals of Battlefield High School and Patriot High School to tell us who among their Class of 2021 was the most all-around impressive senior, neither took more than a moment to respond. “Caroline Gee,” said Ryan Ferrera, principal of Battlefield High School. “Kyle Thaller,” said Michael Bishop, principal of Patriot High School. 

With that information in hand, we sent Caroline and Kyle five questions and, when we received their replies, knew immediately why they’d been selected. Read on and you’ll know why, too!


Caroline Gee | Battlefield High School, Haymarket

What is your favorite memory from high school?

This is a tough one as I have so many awesome memories. I think my favorite memory is being at the FRC District Championship in 2019. I got to meet Dr. Lori Glaze, the Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA!

Talk to us about the pandemic. How tough has it been for you to attend classes virtually? How have you stayed sane? What have you learned from this experience that will help you in the future?

I count myself lucky that my learning style has allowed me to transition to online learning easily. The toughest part has been missing out on all the experiences I had always just assumed I would have, like hanging out with friends, attending school events, and normal field hockey and robotics seasons. A positive outcome for me was learning how to define myself in the absence of clubs, teams, and other organizations. I think a lot of people my age fall into this trap of defining themselves by what groups they’re a part of, but this experience has forced a lot of us to find a sense of self without those labels.

What are your plans for after graduation? College? Trade school? Travel? 

I will attend Purdue University to study Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering with a possible minor in Computer Science. I also plan on joining the Air Force ROTC program. I would really love to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

What’s the one thing your classmates will most remember you for?

I’m fairly certain most of my classmates know me as “that girl who’s super obsessed with space”!

Where will you be in 10 years? What do you see yourself doing, where do you see yourself living?

I hope to be an engineer working on something that advances human spaceflight capability. In my free time, I hope to mentor a robotics team and volunteer at church.

  • Fast Facts about Caroline

Do you play an instrument? 

I don’t play anymore, but I was a violinist for six years.

Favorite color? 

Royal purple.

Do you play a sport? 

Field Hockey! I’m one of Battlefield’s Varsity team captains this year.

Chocolate or Vanilla? 

Chocolate all the way.

Favorite professional sports team? 

I don’t really follow any teams but I always enjoy watching the Caps play.

What would you like people to know about you that we haven’t asked? 

The best advice I’ve ever heard is “the grass is always greener where you water it.”


Kyle Thaller | Patriot High School, Nokesville 

What is your favorite memory from high school?

My favorite memory from high school would have to be one this one: In early February 2020, I made my way to Senator Cory Booker on the Senate Chamber floor. He had his hand raised, which meant he needed something. Earlier, I had just given Senator Manchin a glass of milk, but before I could get to Senator Booker, Senator Manchin stopped me and said with a superficial hostile tone, “Excuse me, could I get more milk? This stuff you gave me is sour.” I was mortified, and as I was about to stammer out a response, Senator Booker walked up, laughing heartily, and said, “Don’t worry Kyle; the milk’s not sour; he is.” Senator Manchin then slapped Senator Booker’s shoulder while shaking his head and smiling, saying, “Real funny, Cory; that’s rich!” I then immediately went back to get fresh milk. As I was walking, I thought, “Did that really happen? Am I dreaming? If I am, I never want to wake up.”

Talk to us about the pandemic. How tough has it been for you to attend classes virtually? How have you stayed sane? What have you learned from this experience that will help you in the future? 

The Pandemic has been tough but rewarding. On the one hand, the U.S. Senate Page Program ended early in April 2020 because it was too dangerous for our safety and for the safety of the Senators (who are all pretty old). This was disappointing, but because of it I was able to go to Sudan and South Sudan in October to check up on the three clinics my organization, Kyle Campaigns for Change, is supporting with insulin and diabetes supplies. 

What are your plans for after graduation? College? Trade school? Travel? 

I plan to attend college and major in Philosophy and Political Science. I also plan to spend a semester at the Senate or the House of Representatives. Finally, I’ll continue with my work in Sudan and South Sudan.

What’s the one thing your classmates will most remember you for?

The one thing that my classmates will remember me most for is my overall friendliness. I am able to make friends rather easily and I just get along with nearly everybody.

Where will you be in 10 years? What do you see yourself doing, where do you see yourself living?

In ten years, I see myself as serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia working for the Justice Department as a Federal prosecutor. 

  • Fast Facts about Kyle 

Do you play an instrument? 

No, but I love listening to classical music and rock. 

Favorite color(s)?

Red and gray.

Do you play a sport? 

I used to row crew and throw discus for track. 

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate.

What would you like people to know about you that we haven’t asked?

I love to read. Historical novels, legal thrillers, biographies. I read a new book every week.

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