The Bristol Press – Southington High Valedictorian Amber Kohl to study civil engineering at UConn
SOUTHINGTON — Southington High School Class of 2022 Valedictorian Amber Kohl has a passion for dancing and Spanish and plans to continue her studies in civil engineering at the University of Connecticut.
Kohl attributes his success at Southington High School to an innate desire to do his best.
“With everything I do, I do my best,” Kohl said. “I just felt like I wanted to reach my full potential.”
As a civil engineer, Kohl said she hopes to design infrastructure that impacts people’s daily lives.
“I want to apply my education to solving real-world problems,” she said. “People use roads, bridges and infrastructure every day and sometimes take them for granted.”
In addition to studying civil engineering, Kohl said she hopes to continue her Spanish studies at UConn.
“I would also like to study abroad,” she said. “I want to live in Spain and travel to other countries in Europe.”
Outside of his academics, Kohl is a member of Project Lead the Way, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, STEM Without Boundaries, and Best Buddies. She is also one of the Apple Harvest Ambassadors for the Apple Harvest Festival Committee.
Kohl also served as Interact club president from 2021-2022 and served as club secretary from 2019-2021. She led the club in food and household item drives during the pandemic,
Kohl performs with Dance City and the Arts Competitive Dance Team, and said she has danced onstage at the Apple Harvest Festival and the City’s Italian Festival.
“I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old,” she said. “I see it as the best outlet for my creativity and artistic talent. Outside of school, I met many good friends on the dance team. I love that my movements and expressions can be used to tell a story or portray a character.
Kohl’s hobbies include cooking, spending time outdoors, and solving puzzles for fun.
Kohl said when she leaves Southington High School, she will miss seeing the people she saw in class every day.
“It’s bittersweet, but I’m excited for new beginnings and new opportunities,” she said.
Kohl’s advice to students currently in the Southington school system is to “take it one step at a time”.
“Do your best, keep going and push yourself,” she said. “It’s not always easy, but if you break things down and look at it one thing at a time, it will help you get through it.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]