Photo Courtesy of Caroline Alix
July 2, 2013
Many high school students across Connecticut volunteer at the Special Olympics, but Simsbury High School Student Council President Caroline Alix had a personal reason for doing it.
Her younger sister Kate was born with Down syndrome, so Alix helped her sister compete as a swimmer.
"Kate would do kid things and my parents would always say 'Kate is equal to you,' " she said. "I believe that in its entirety, but as I got older I began to realize that she can't do some of the things I can do, so she really isn't equal in every way, and that was really hard to come to terms with."
Alix wrote her college essay about the experience, and will attend Boston College to study biology. She has participated in soccer, basketball, track, cross-country skiing and volleyball, and won a Daughters of the American Revolution good citizenship award. She was also in the National Honor Society, and has been her class president since sophomore year.
"Now that I think back on it, that was kind of gutsy," she said.
Alix is a receptionist at a dentist's office and a hostess at Dish 'n Dat for the summer before she leaves for college.