stanford university,
Class of 2014

Marblehead HIGH SCHOOL,
CLASS OF 2010

“I received an incredible high school, and specifically history, education as a MA public high school, and I hope generations of students will have the same experience.”

Kristy Henrich

WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN HISTORY?

I have always been fascinated by how mankind and nature have shaped the world.  Thus, I enjoyed studying history and science.  My passion for history, in particular, grew as I studied other languages and learned about different cultures.  I had a tremendous Spanish teacher, Ms. Meagher, my freshman year of high school who had us read Spanish and Latin American history and literature in Spanish, and it was then that I learned how fascinating the study of history is.  Simply reading it in a different language can provide a different understanding or lens through which to see the past.  However, it was not until my junior and senior years of high school that I truly fell in love with history.  Under the guidance of my AP United States History and AP Government teacher, Mrs. Humphrey, I learned crucial skills for reading, analyzing, and truly understanding historical texts.  It was in Mrs. Humphrey’s AP US History class that I crafted my research paper on US Civil War medicine which was later published in The Concord Review, and it was this experience that showed me how exciting history is.

WHICH PERIOD OF HISTORY CURRENTLY INTERESTS YOU THE MOST? WHY?

As an undergraduate at Stanford, I have been studying Arabic.  As I have learned this beautiful language, I have grown interested in the history of the United States’ relationship with the Middle Eastern region, particularly in the 20th century.  I believe it is crucial in today’s world to take the time to learn about and understand the different cultures which play an important role in the United States’ day-to-day life, and it is only possible to understand another culture if one takes the time to truly learn its history.

WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING IN THE FUTURE?

While I am unsure as to exactly what profession I would like to pursue, I know that I want my future to involve traveling, learning other languages, communicating, and understanding different cultures.  I hope to then use these experiences to help shape policy.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE US TO KNOW?

I cannot emphasize enough how important the study of history is, and I am truly grateful for all of the Pioneer Institute’s work to promote the teaching of U.S. History in Massachusetts public schools.  I received an incredible high school, and specifically history, education as a MA public high school, and I hope generations of students will have the same experience.