Caileigh Pattisall

T.C. Williams High School

Class of 2017

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

Irish dance, rowing, Girl Scouts, ultimate frisbee, running, art/painting, journaling, reading, singing 

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you pick? Why?

I would have dinner with my favorite artist Mealinie Martienez because I feel like she would be a great conversationalist and have an interesting outlook on the world. 

What has been your proudest moment?

My proudest moment was when I got 3rd place at one of my first Irish dance competitions. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to face my biggest fears, such as my fear of heights. If I could get over that, then I'd be open to more opportunities. I absolutely hate that they hold me back from living my life. 

What would be the title of your autobiography?

A creative and comedic collection of Caileigh tales 

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

Politics is something I've been interested in forever, but I've never really taken the time to really pursue the topic. Getting involved in this program seems like the perfect opportunity to push me to get involved. 

What does civic engagement mean to you?

When people feel obligated gather to plan and activate change within their community. For instance when people see a problem and they plan a way to better the community. 

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

That it had so many opportunities since it's so close to DC. Opportunities meaning anything from getting involved to being close to concerts. 

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

I would like to see more focus on safety in regard to the newly green options such as bike riding. All through different cities, I see stations to rent bikes, but I have yet to see an option to also rent a helmet. Helnet safety is a huge issue that I think should be more talked about in schools as well. Another issue is the amount pressure put on adolescents, to always be busy and push themselves to an insane degree. I hope in the future that Virginia can learn to be less crushing on standards.

If you could tell Governor McAuliffe one thing, what would you tell him?

I would tell him that I appreciate his initiative for creating more jobs. I've seen first hand how the economy can be unforgiving with my parents, and I like that that's his main focus.  

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you? 

That I'm a very open minded person, but also very strong willed so I'm very dedicated to causes I'm involved in!