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Senior Spotlight: Devin Young

On a recent spring afternoon, senior Devin Young reflected on the familiar welcoming feeling he’s long felt at Indian Creek. “I first came to Indian Creek for my sixth grade year, and I’ve loved it ever since,” he shared. “Becoming a new student in a school…that could be challenging for some, but for me, they just welcomed me in with open arms, invited me to their houses, came up to me asking me how my day was going, just gave me hospitality, and it’s more than I could have ever asked for.”

The community at Indian Creek that Young has loved for seven years has helped him excel as a student, try new things, work hard and enjoy it all. Young cited Mr. Monack’s AP Language and Composition as a particularly challenging and enjoyable experience that fostered a collegial spirit. “[Mr. Monack]’s an exciting character. The class itself was kind of challenging, but he worked with his students, and he encouraged them to push themselves. You can always do better than you’re doing—that was his philosophy, and it reflected on the students,” said Young. “People who were satisfied with maybe an 87 on a test, by the end of the year, most of the class got up to a 93. We pushed each other. He gave us good laughs and good memories. It was great.”

Young recalls being encouraged by teachers to join chorus and band as fond memories of trying something out and being supported through a new challenge.  “I joined chorus my freshman year. First time ever singing. To be honest, I didn’t think I would like it. But my teacher, Mrs. Woodward found the right position for me, and she was like, ‘Devin, that bass, that voice, that’s what we need.’ Our first concert, my first time singing on stage, I had that deep voice we needed, I fit right in, everyone was clapping, and it was great experience…I joined band, Ms. Sweterlitsch handed me drums and said, ‘Devin, let me see what you can do.’ I couldn’t do much, but she worked with me all year, and I was playing songs all year I couldn’t even have dreamed of.”

Throughout high school, Devin played for the Eagles basketball program, where he was JV captain as a freshman and a three-year player on varsity.  “[Being a part of that basketball program] was amazing. It was the thrill of a lifetime,” said Young. “Coach Pratt was amazing, energetic, always pushed his kids. Coach Johnson, he believed the future for each of his players. He gave each of his players a chance. The memories just on the buses, everybody talking and conversing, being loud on the floor, talking defensive strategies, everybody was just having fun. There was never a dull moment in our season. You can have a bad game, but the person next to you was just, ‘Hey, keep your head up, keep shooting.’”

As he moves on to study marketing at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University next year, Young said he’s full of fond memories of the Creek and prepared to keep thriving. “I’m just excited for the next chapter in my life.”
Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland.  Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.