Caywood, son of Whitney Cassidy-Caywood and John Caywood of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.
Each Monday and Tuesday, The Sun publishes profile stories on area high school seniors chosen from a group of nominees for Teen of the Week recognition. Around the end of the school year, a committee names one of these students as Teen of the Year, which carries a $5,000 scholarship. Another student will receive an Inspiration Award and a $1,000 scholarship.
At Paducah Tilghman, Caywood has earned a weighted cumulative GPA above 4.0 and received a 33 composite ACT score. He’s an AP scholar and took part in the Governor’s School for the Arts program for creative writing this past summer. He was additionally accepted into the Governor’s Scholars Program and Murray State University’s Commonwealth Honors Academy.
He stays busy with a part-time job at a local supermarket, and has been involved in many activities in high school, including the Prime Rib a cappella group, National Honors Society, concert band and choir, as well as two years in the marching band. He’s section leader for tenor sax in band.
With COVID-19, it’s definitely a unique time to be a senior in high school, but Caywood is making the best of it.
“I am doing online school, so I don’t go into school this year, but I’ve been using this year to work on myself a lot,” he said.
“I’ve been doing a lot of reading, a lot of studying different sources that I normally wouldn’t maybe have the time to look at and just a lot of self-development to get myself ready for college. I’m feeling very optimistic about the future.”
By: Kelly Farrell