TPS Seniors 2020

Cassie Disharoon – TPS Senior 2020

Cassie Disharoon is a sixteen-year-old senior hailing from Seminole, Florida (although she never misses a chance to mention that she’s originally from Texas). 

Cassie has home-schooled her entire life and has taken classes with The Potter’s School for four years. Just one art elective to supplement her freshman year curriculum opened the door to a community with some of the best educational and social opportunities she’s had so far. She is immensely grateful for the classes and teachers who have taught her throughout the last four years, from the deeply enriching experience of TPS Spanish to kinda, sorta, maybe starting to understand precalculus. 

She would also like to give a shoutout to anyone who has ever participated in a Hangouts group chat with her (and there are many…). The essay peer reviews, Marvel movie debates, cookie bake-offs, quarantine game days, hilarious sarcastic discussions within the numerous Despacito groups (en español, por supuesto), and all the other fun times she’s had with her classmates have made the last four years simply incredible.

Cassie would be lost without clay Magazine; she started as a columnist in her sophomore year and somehow snuck her way into a Senior Editor role. She has loved growing as a leader and writer, and she would like to shoutout all of the wonderful staff members throughout the years, especially her co-Senior Editor Leanne. From the clay sweatshirt designs, to the deeply analytical leadership conversations, to the inside jokes about pie charts, Cassie could not imagine working this crazy job with anyone else.

Outside of The Potter’s School, she took a few dual enrollment classes through her local community college. Additionally, Cassie has been working a part-time internship in marketing for just under a year. Through this, she has learned a lot about communications and marketing, and she is excited to take what she’s learning and apply it to her future career.

Another big part of her high school (and middle school, and elementary school) career was dance; she danced from first grade all the way through eleventh grade, performing in a competitive company for six of those eleven years. Cassie also participated in productions of The Nutcracker as various characters, including her bucket list role of the Snow Queen.

In her free time, Cassie enjoys watching Netflix, listening to music, and writing. She also practices the only hobby that has kept her attention for more than a month consecutively: crocheting. Ask her what it’s like to enjoy a sweater-, scarf-, and hat-making activity while living in Floridian weather.

In the fall, Cassie will attend the University of Tampa to major in Communications through their Honors College. She is interested in potentially pursuing a second major in Marketing. While on campus, she hopes to get involved in campus media and study abroad at some point. She is interested in almost every career under the communications “umbrella,” from print journalism to marketing to broadcast media, so she’s looking forward to exploring these interests at UT.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I went through many weird career phases up until high school. I was never the type that wanted to be a princess or a president, but I had spurts of “deep” passion for engineering because I went to a week long summer camp that happened to talk about the subject a bit; art, because I took one art class; and computer science, which I only tried because my dad and brother enjoy it. (I thought it might run in the family. I was wrong).

Favorite Bible Verse

Romans 8:31, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Favorite Catchphrase

“Bye, Buddy, hope you find your dad.” from Elf. My dad and I say it to each other at least once a day whenever one of us leaves a room, and somehow it never gets old.

An honorable mention goes to Leanne’s favoUrite catchphrase of mine (she’s editing this bio, so it has to go in), which is “Work hard and don’t be stupid.”

37 Comments

  1. Eyy my Spanish buddy and SE, Congratulations! So excited for you and what your future holds 😀 Good luck at UT! (but I’m going to say that you still should have gone to UCF hehe)

  2. Congratulations Cassie! You have been an amazing senior editor! I can’t wait to see all of what God is gonna do in your life!

    • Congrats!! I’ve seen your name around, and I know you have been a tremendous impact on the Clay community. Praying God will use you to glorify Him!

    • Thanks, Sarah! And thanks for being such an awesome staff member. The PR team would not be the same without you!!

  3. Congratulations, Cassie! So proud of the work that you and Leanne did with clay this year!

  4. Leanne Zuiderveen

    It would have been a boring year without our clay spam comic strips, patriotic discussions, and consistent sarcasm. Thanks for making my senior year such a blast! I’m super excited to see where you’ll take your Communications major in the coming years, but I’m going to miss our lengthy hangouts chats about clay!

  5. thanks for your work as senior editor, cassie!! you have been an awesome senior editor, and clay is gonna miss you!!

  6. Congratulations Cassie! It was great to get to know you through Pre-Calc (Section #5 is the best of all time!) Glad to see you’re going to the real UT and not that fake UT in Austin!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Drew. Glad to see you’ve finally gotten over your disdain for me due to the cookie baking competition. I’m so happy we got to know each other through the best section of Pre-Calc to ever live (I still have the list of Mrs. C’s quotes!)
      And a big oof to the other UTs. It’s a shame I gave up on my Texas roots, but you’re right that I’m going to the legit UT (University of Texas at Austin? Never heard of it.)

      • Disdain? Nah, why would I have disdain for you when my cookies were clearly better? Haha I totally forgot about Mrs. C’s legendary quotes!!
        Yeah, all the other UTs like that one in Tennessee are fake for sure (don’t tell Pledger I said that) but UT Austin is definitely the fakest lol

    • Hook ’em HORNS!! 🤘

  7. Hola Cassie!
    Sé que voy a extrañar tú en el año que viene. Has sido una buena editor, y muy buena compañera en mi clase de Español. Buena suerte!

    P.S. So you gave in to Leanne with the extra (and unnecessary) U’s?
    P.P.S. I was SO disappointed to hear your dictatorship wasn’t real…

    • ¡Muchas gracias, Julia! I was forced against my will to add the extra U’s because Leanne was in charge of editing my article. And who’s to say the dictatorship isn’t real, but rather we’ve just gone back to faking our kind democracy…

  8. Congrats, Cassie!! Thanks for being such an awesome SE! I’ve loved getting to know you a bit over this last year. I’ll definitely miss working with you–never give up on your dictatorship and your goal of taking over TPS. xD All the best at (the fake) UT, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you!

    • My UT is the real UT and that is FINAL. But seriously, thanks for being such a great editor! I’ll miss working with you as well!

  9. You gotta change your mind on the Publix cult but much respect otherwise xD should make the trek across Howard Frankland sometime to meet up!

    • I said what I said. Pub. Subs. Have. Too. Much. Bread.
      We should definitely meet up sometime!

  10. So proud♥️ Can’t wait to see the great things you’ll do in life!!!

  11. Congrats Cassie!! Thank you for being an amazing SE this year (and for the lifetime supply of gummy bears lol)!
    Have fun at the University of Tampa!

  12. Congradulations, Cassie! You were a great SE! (And your round robin is STILL the best even if they all voted for Leanne’s)

  13. I knew you’d be a good editor! 🙂

    • Ian!! Taking me back to the Arts and Culture days XD I hope you’re doing well, and thanks for the kind words!

  14. “Work hard and don’t be stupid.” …seems pretty hard for me XD. Thanks so much for being a SE this year!

  15. Congratulations, Cassie!

  16. I loved having you in class and a bonus was having an excuse to talk about my home state…FL! Wishing you the very best!