Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 5, 2013

Finding her niche and more

Renton forges connections at Marland, AHS


Kim Bergey, Renton’s guidance counselor for four years at Andover High, said Renton did her Senior Exhibition on TimeSlips.

“It is one of the most interesting projects that I’ve ever seen a senior do,” Bergey said. “That project gets them (Marland residents) using their mind in a way they’re not used to. Instead of being frustrated that they can’t remember things, they say, ‘Let’s create our own memories.’”

Renton also garnered attention when she took the school’s newspaper online.

“Her junior year, she was promoted to editor-in-chief of Warrior Weekly and proposed the idea to push the paper to a web platform. And she made it happen,” Bergey said.

While Andover High is a big school, Renton said individual students have plenty of opportunity to succeed and excel.

“In my case, having a teacher as a true mentor made an enormous difference,” she said.

That teacher was freshman English instructor Scott Aubrey, who she said took an interest in her academic work, encouraging her to explore the extracurricular options available at Andover High and supporting her when she developed an interest in the school newspaper, for which he serves as faculty advisor.

“You just have to find your niche,” Renton said.

Or multiple niches.

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