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Port Byron senior Caitlin O'Brien will attend University of Notre Dame in the fall.

Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight: Caitlin O'Brien

Ten years from now, Port Byron Central School District senior and Class of 2018 salutatorian Caitlin O’Brien hopes she’ll be living in Paris.

“Visiting France with the school last spring made me realize that is where I want to live,” she said.

Her journey to the “City of Lights” starts this fall at University of Notre Dame, where she will study international economics and French. She plans to pursue a career in international business.

During her time at Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, Caitlin was a member of Masterminds, Student Government, National Honor Society, Travel Club and Foreign Language Club. She also represented Port Byron on the soccer, volleyball and track and field teams.

Her favorite high school memories include spirit weeks and homecoming events, and she said she’ll miss saying “hi” to Coach Ford every day. She said she won’t miss having to park far away and trudge through snow to get to school.

Caitlin said her favorite academic subject in school was French, and her most challenging was an online Chinese course she studied during her freshman year.

Looking back, she said if she could experience high school all over again she would try not to procrastinate as much. Her advice to underclassmen is to make the most of their time in high school.

“They aren’t lying when they say high school flies by,” Caitlin said.

Before she heads off to Indiana, Caitlin plans to spend her upcoming summer vacation hanging out with her friends and family, which includes her parents Lynn and Neil O’Brien, and her sister Maggie.

“Maggie is my role model,” Caitlin said. “She always pushes me to be my best and she’s had my back every step of the way.”


Port Byron CSD is pleased to announce the return of “Senior Spotlight.” This weekly website series highlights the accomplishments and future plans of several graduating Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School students. They were selected for the series by school administrators based on their demonstration of excellence in the classroom and community.