Kylie Foradori: redefining what it means to be a super senior

Makenzie Tiernan, New Reporter Educator

For senior Kylie Foradori, the path to graduation was anything but ordinary. While most seniors entered Hightstown High School as a freshman in Sept. of 2012, Foradori started her high school career in fall of 2013.

Foradori had to repeat the first grade which had put her behind a year. However, she was determined to graduate with her original class: the class of 2016. In order to accomplish this, she had to make sacrifices and work to new heights.

“Being held back in first grade always bothered me. After finding out it was a possibility to graduate early, I became determined,” Foradori said. “[Because] for a long time, people questioned, and even laughed at me for getting held back.”

Foradori knew she wanted to prove herself, but the sacrifices she has had to make are vast. Her summers and free time for the past three years have been mostly dedicated to her schoolwork.

“After making the decision to graduate early, I realized that during the summer I had to focus on school work instead of things like going to the beach or seeing my friends,” Foradori said.

“It’s very rare to see someone so young that’s so dedicated to accomplishing such a challenging task. [Kylie] first spoke to me about graduating ahead of time early in her freshman year. She maintained that same determination to work hard and make this a reality,” Santoleri said.

According to Foradori, her friends have stuck by her and have supported her efforts. However, Hightstown High School guidance counselor Gerald Santoleri has been her main source of support and motivation.

“Mr. Santoleri was the one who was able to make graduating early possible,” Foradori said.

According to Santoleri, in his career, he has never seen a student “pass over” a grade before.

“Because a student is only able to take 40 credits per year, Kylie opted to advance herself by taking school approved online courses during the summer of 2014 and 2015. In doing so she ‘passed over’ her junior year because your standing as student is based on credit total not years in,” Santoleri said.

Foradori also needed to receive certain PARCC scores to prove proficiency to be a senior, and she accomplished just that.

“It’s very rare to see someone so young that’s so dedicated to accomplishing such a challenging task. [Kylie] first spoke to me about graduating ahead of time early in her freshman year. She maintained that same determination to work hard and make this a reality. She hasn’t let work or other responsibilities derail her from her goal,” Santoleri said. “She is a testament to hard work and resolve. I could not be more proud of the person she has grown into and will truly miss working with her when she’s gone.”

All of the encouragement that Foradori has received has helped her to focus in on her goal of graduating with the class of 2016, as well as setting her sights on her next goal: becoming an engineer.

“I really do not know how I became interested in engineering. It started with diesel trucks and I kept an interest from there.” Foradori said. “Deciding to become an engineer has made me more motivated to be successful than I ever have been before.”

Foradori hopes to pursue her further education at one of the Rutgers campuses. She plans to continue working hard in all aspects of her life so that she can not only go to school, but also at her part time job at Rite Aid and any future jobs that may come her way in order to be able to afford her own apartment.

“I feel like I have changed my life. Not having a fourth year of high school has forced me to grow up and realize that life is about to start,” Foradori said. “I don’t believe I would have changed the situation though, it’s a real motivation to strive for what seems [to be] impossible.”

Lots of people tried to tell Foradori that her goal was impossible, but she used that as motivation to prove them wrong.

“For all of the people who told me I couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to graduate in three years, I hope they see what they helped me accomplish,” Foradori said. “I really hope they could be less negative with what they think of others.”

Foradori has proven that hard work pays off.

“No one should ever be deterred from something because they feel they are incapable [of it],” Foradori said.