THE RIGHT THINGS. “Hold on to the right things and let go of the rest,” this lyric comes from the song “The Right Things” written by Chris Renzema. This reminds Catherine daily to “hold on to the right things and let go of the rest.” Catherine Elizabeth Toerber was born October 29, 2003 to Scott and Sarah Toerber. She has an older sister, Emma, and six younger siblings. Catherine’s older sister, Emma, has had the biggest impact on her, “She has taught me to stay strong and confident no matter the situation I face. She has taught me that no dream is too big and no distance is too far.”
Throughout high school, Catherine has participated in numerous extracurricular activities, including cheer, dance, Art Club, journalism, All School Play, KAY’s, NHS, student council, forensics, FCCLA, and band. Sports have been a key part in Cat’s high school experience, participating in Volleyball, Track, and Basketball. After high school, Cat plans to continue her basketball career and major in Business Management at a four year university. Throughout Catherine’s career at Valley Heights, she has been a leader through all of the numerous activities she has participated in. “Servant Leadership. Notice how I didn’t just say leadership. Catherine puts others before herself at all times. You don’t find that very often. She is a hard worker who is disciplined and resilient, and those two traits together can carry you through any storm,”states Catherine’s mentor, Mr. Cale Green.
Cat’s favorite memory at Valley Heights High School was state basketball in 2020. “Although it’s a sad memory, I learned a lot from the cancelation of the state basketball tournament.” She learned to never take anything for granted, and to soak up the time you have with your teammates.
In 10 years, Catherine sees herself living in a city, coaching basketball, working, and starting a family. “Stay true to who you are, with understanding that who you are, can, and will evolve as you grow. Also have fun!” advice given by Mrs. Katlen Schreiner as Catherine closes her high school chapter. As Cat leaves the community, she wants to be remembered for always lending a helping hand to anyone in need and always making others smile. Mr. Green says, “Catherine has left a positive impact on Valley Heights that will always be remembered.”
Article By: Maecyn Gunn