Piper Doherty

Brianna Pacailler, Staff Writer

Piper Doherty is a senior here at FTHS. Piper was awarded December Club Student of the Month in honor of her hard work, initiative, and dedication to choir. Thanks to Piper, the choir has yet another amazing leader and role model to both her fellow group mates and any new members!  In addition to her performances and work done in choir, she is a member of the Select Ensemble and has a featured role in this year’s musical “Mean Girls.” If you want to see Piper perform in person, check out the showtimes for “Mean Girls!” Congratulations to one of our Club Students of the Month! Here’s a look at Piper’s exclusive interview:

 Before we begin, congratulations on receiving Club Student of the Month!

– Thank you!

How would you describe your initial response to hearing your name on the announcements?

– I was very shocked but very excited at the same time because I wasn’t fully expecting it. Although, I was happy because everyone in my class was cheering, so that was really fun. I didn’t know what I actually got it for because I didn’t hear it because all I heard was my name.

Why do you believe that you were nominated and chosen for this award?

– I’ve been working on my solo since December and have been practicing with Mrs. Connors. Through that whole time, I was very prepared to perform my pieces. I just worked very hard on memorizing them and fully understanding the meaning of the piece before I present them to the judges. Overall, I’m just very happy that I got this award because I know I put a lot of effort into presenting the best version of myself in each of my performances.

What are some of your personal responsibilities as a member of this club? Do you have a specific leadership role?

In Choir, I’m a student executive. This means that it is my responsibility to make sure the choir is under control so I can help Mrs. Connors. I also help get the class ready to perform and prepare pieces, edit videos, and mainly just be a good leader to my group.

Besides your commitment to Choir, what other activities are you involved in here at FTHS and beyond?

I’m the captain of Color Guard for the Marching Band and am a three-star thespian in ITS. I also have a featured role in this year’s musical, Mean Girls.  I play Janice, so it’s very exciting. I also partake in other clubs but these are my main activities.

It’s so great to hear about your involvement in our school grounds! Continuing on, what would you say is the overall motive that made you join choir?

– The motive behind my decision to join choir was because I want to learn and expand my musical experience,  so when I get to college I have a good idea of what I want to do. I’m going for music education and I want to expand everything I can while kind of just growing as much as I can so I can be fully prepared for my future, with many opportunities for success.

Has being a part of Choir shaped you or given you new skills of any sort?

– I’ve learned a lot about music and just overall music theory, as well as learning how to sing with a group.  I’ve been doing choir for as long as I can remember, and just being in the choir at FTHS has really made me grow and learn more about what I want to do in the future. Within my time in choir,  I learned that I wanted to major in music and do vocal performance. Being a part of choir has given me the opportunity to meet new people and become so close to the same people throughout these four years. 

What advice would you give to a new student entering the building next year?

– Don’t be scared of what other people think, just do what you want to do! I know it’s corny to say that but the time flies when you’re in high school –it really does – so just go out and do as much as you can while you still have the chance to.

To conclude, is there anything you would like to add or say to your fellow students and staff?

– Be nice, be a good person and have fun. That’s really it.

Thank you so much Piper for meeting with me and congratulations again!

– Thank you so much!

Here’s what Mrs. Conners, the Choir Director, had to say about Piper:

“Piper is a Student Executive of the choir, welcoming the challenges of her leadership role. A serious performer and unbelievable singer, Piper is a 4-year participant on the All-Shore Chorus and is one of two chosen soloists for this year’s performance. She is a great communicator and organizer and was a significant asset to the “recruitment” for incoming freshmen. She always works tirelessly to produce professional projects which showcase the best of her talents. She always puts others before herself. She has gained the respect of many as one of the most humble, hardworking and responsible students.”

Piper’s reasons for recognition were:

  • Leadership
  • Dedication
  • Initiative
  • Accolades