Piper will be attending the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this fall, where she plans to major in Social Work. She also has an interest in psychology and hopes to continue her education with a master’s in social work or a career she is passionate about. She would love to have a career in child protection or foster care social work someday.
Piper has been in theatre since sixth grade, and even lettered in it at RHS! She’s also a part of GLOW (the Gay-Straight Alliance at RHS) and has served as the president of GLOW for three years. Piper looks up to Masha P. Johnson after learning about Stonewall and the battle for gay and trans rights and, if she could meet anyone, it would be Marsha. Her other interests include reading—everything from novels to comics to poetry! She also loves to watch movies and play Dungeons and Dragons with her friends, who describe her as motherly, ambitious and calculating.
For incoming freshmen, Piper wants to remind them that even though school is definitely important, mental health comes first. “It's important to keep on top of all of your work and school life, but know that it's not the end of the world if everything isn't perfect. It's okay to not always get it right or to have the energy to make everything 100%,” she says. “There are endless resources through the school that can help you if you ever feel like you're struggling.”
Piper’s favorite part about high school has been the people. “I love the school's diverse student body and I feel like it's really shaped me as a person. I've met so many great people through Richfield including my girlfriend, my college roommate, teachers that I genuinely felt supported me and so many others.” Even though she is leaving, Piper is looking forward to returning to watch future RHS theatre productions, as her little brother Levi (RHS incoming sophomore) plans to take up the theatrical legacy she leaves behind. “Love you, Levi!”