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?”
“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.”