University High School Student Spotlight - January 23, 2023

University High School Student Spotlight - January 23, 2023

High School Honoree – Izzy Shields (HS Senior)

Izzy often volunteers her time working with younger students.  One can often notice her working with K-Kids (Kindergarten) in the classroom or first-grade during recess. She often impresses both faculty and visitors alike with her selfless actions in working with younger students, be it reading, helping with homework, or just playing. Often times, high school upperclassmen can be found spending their time on popular and understandable options such as visiting the Culp Center, finding a quiet space to listen to music, or focusing on their own homework. Izzy, however, many times spends her time giving back to the school community through spending time younger students.  She is admirable in the way she encourages and interacts with students in lower grades.

Getting to know Izzy:

  • Do you have a pet?  What do you think your pet might say about you if it could talk?

“I do have pets.  An English Bulldog named Charlie, and two cats: Chad and Miles. Charlie would say I don’t feed him on time and I should play with more.  The cats love me though.  I give them treats and let them sleep in my bed.”


  • How do you like to spend your free time?

“I don’t have much free time, ha ha.  Most of my time outside of school is spent at work. If I’m not at work or school, I’m probably in my room unwinding, perhaps completing a craft and listening to music.”


  • For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

“Hmmm…I think I’d say I’m most grateful for young people, children.  The sense of wonder and willingness to be open to new ways of doing things, to learning new things.  Its inspirational being a part of their learning journey.”


“Izzy's selflessness is an example to all of the students at University School,” commented high school teacher Dr. Price. “Our K-12 setting is very unique and I applaud Izzy for taking advantage of the opportunity to be a positive influence on the younger students.”