Among Sussex Central salutatorian’s future hopes: sports medicine and hoops with the Celtics

Sussex Central High School Class of 2018 salutatorian Caroline Davis is headed for Kansas State University.

GEORGETOWN — If life’s journey goes as planned for Caroline Davis, she’ll someday be offering medical expertise for the NBA’s Boston Celtics.

“Like their sports doctor; their team doctor,” said Sussex Central High School’s salutatorian for the Class of 2018.

To attain that necessary education, she’ll begin this fall at Kansas State University, home of the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kansas.

“Yes, I’m going to attend K-State (Kansas State). My dad, he went there. My brother, he just graduated from there this year. And my sister is going to be a junior there,” said Caroline. “And now, I’ll be there.”

Caroline, 18, was born in Springfield, Missouri – the “Show Me” state.

Her family – Caroline, mom and dad and two older siblings – moved to Delmarva when she was about one year old. She grew up in Georgetown.

Caroline attended kindergarten in the Indian River School District, then jumped the border to an elementary school in Berlin until fifth grade when she returned to the IRSD.

Caroline was among the students honored at the Delaware Secretary of Education Scholars banquet held in April at Dover Downs Hotel. She was in Sussex Central’s rigorous International Baccalaureate program and was a member of the National Honor Society.

At Sussex Central, she competed athletically in cross country, basketball and track. She stands fourth all-time in the 800-meter run at SCHS.

She was vice president of the Golden Knight Class of 2018, which totaled 362 in number.

When time permitted Caroline volunteered at Nanticoke Memorial in Seaford. She has held a job in Ocean City, Md., on the beach.

This week’s Person to Meet: Caroline Davis, salutatorian for Sussex Central High School’s Class of 2018.

Educational motivation?

“My dad was valedictorian when he was in high school. But his class was only like 30 people, so this is a little different. Then also in middle school I just remember saying I want to be valedictorian or salutatorian when I’m in high school. I thought it was like a crazy goal, but then, here I am.”

What do plan to pursue in college?

“I applied for biology, but I think I’m going to switch it to kinesiology. It’s like sports medicine, pretty much. I’m going to do pre-med and then go into orthopedics.”

“I knew I always wanted to be in the medical field, because my parents are both physicians. So I knew I wanted to do something like that. and just being a part of sports in school and stuff, I just wanted to go into sports medicine.”

“That is the goal – and hopefully someday work for the Boston Celtics.”

What’s the deal with the Boston Celtics?

“My dad has always liked them. And he kind of looked like Larry Bird, I think.”

Fondest SCHS memory?

“My sophomore year, for cross country when we beat CR (Caesar Rodney) and broke like their undefeated record. I didn’t even run that race. I had a twisted ankle or something. But I was there. It was like pouring rain and it was just awesome.”

If you could change anything during your years at Sussex Central?

“I’m happy with how everything was.”

Describe International Baccalaureate?

“Challenging, very challenging.”

Pressure to succeed?

“My freshman year and sophomore year were pretty easy for me I guess you could say. But because I’m part of the International Baccalaureate program then last year it really hit me. I had my first ‘C’ on my report card. I was like devastated.”

“I know it sounds ridiculous, but I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this has never happened before.”

Leisure time?

“Sleep. And I just recently started crocheting. So, I like to crochet.”

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