“Some people make things happen, some watch what happens, and others wonder what happened.” This quote serves as inspiration for senior, Carter Popejoy. Carter, throughout the course of his high school career, has been involved in many different activities, including football, basketball, cross country, golf and the All School Play. He has also been a member of countless clubs, such as NHS, FFA, forensics, art club, band, vocal, scholars bowl, and FCA. In addition to these, Carter served on Student Council as the 2019 Class President for three years and held different positions in the Valley Heights FFA Chapter. Outside of school, he works at Dressman Welding in Frankfort, at the Greenhouse in Blue Rapids, mows lawns around Blue Rapids, and attends rotary on occasion.
Carter’s parents, Julie and Frank Popejoy, have been the biggest influencers in his life, always pushing him to achieve his goals. Another huge influence in Carter’s life has been Jerry Horton, the lead guitarist for the band known as ‘Rewind’. “Jerry has influenced and taught me so much about music and the guitar,” says Carter. This senior plans on attending Fort Hays State University for two years, and then Kansas University for two years, majoring in music production, with a minor in history. Carter’s dream is to one day become a music producer for artists of any genre.
When asked what he wants people to remember him for, Carter says, “That I entertained them. Regardless of whether it was stupid, funny, or cool, I just hope I made people’s day better. I guess I like being an entertainer.’’ Some of Carter’s most unforgettable high school memories were made at Regional Golf of his junior year, and he took a lot of pride in his career in forensics, his greatest accomplishment being his advancement to the semifinals of state forensics in prior years. Carter has a positive outlook on his life and future, summarized in the statement: “Lately I’ve been trying to live life, wholesomely, in the moment, instead of getting caught up in the ways of the world today.”