Senior Spotlight - Carter Jones
Rochester Public Schools

Meet Carter Jones, graduating from Mayo High School this year. Carter loves creativity and is involved in plays, loves to write, and is involved in traditional art and music. Carter plans to be a paraprofessional and hopefully pursue teaching in the future!




What High School are you graduating from?

Mayo High School


What is a fun fact about you?

I have two middle names, Tiberius and Apollo


What is your favorite memory as an RPS student?

Addams Family, the Mayo High School musical production. We also get to perform it again in June!


What sets you apart from the group? Try to capture your uniqueness and describe it.

As well as being a writer, I am involved in traditional art and music. I see a lot of the world through the lens of creativity, and it helps me see people as a whole.


What is your senior quote and why?

"In this galaxy, there's a mathematical probability of three million Earth-type planets. And in all of the universe, three million galaxies like this. And in all of that... and perhaps more... only one of each of us." - Dr. Leonard H. McCoy to Captain James T. Kirk.


As well as being my favorite original series character in Star Trek, Dr. McCoy (and his quote) sums up the way I view the universe. There is only one of me, unique in mere existence among all its diversity.


What advice do you have for incoming high school students?

Don't be afraid of trying new things, and always do your best!


What is the number one skill you are taking with you post-graduation?

Probably my essay writing, not going to lie.



Name your chosen pathway for after graduation?

I will work as a paraprofessional (hopefully) and continue my job at Kwik Trip. Then maybe later, college and a teaching job!


How have you best contributed to your school community, and in what way do you think you’ll contribute to a workplace or college community?

I am outspoken and creative, and I believe that served me well at Mayo and now in the larger community.


Describe three ways you have changed since your freshman year.

I figured out key parts of my identity as a trans man, got way better at writing, and also feel a lot older.


If you could go back and give yourself advice when you were an incoming freshman, what would you tell yourself?

Give people a chance to accept you, and remember to treat your friends kindly!