September 22, 2018
School & Youth
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  • Izzy Kintzley, salutatorian for the Severna Park High School class of 2018, posed with Clifford Jamieson, the class’s valedictorian.
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    Izzy Kintzley, salutatorian for the Severna Park High School class of 2018, posed with Clifford Jamieson, the class’s valedictorian.
  • Izzy Kintzley, salutatorian for the Severna Park High School class of 2018, ran indoor and outdoor cross country and served as captain for two years.
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    Izzy Kintzley, salutatorian for the Severna Park High School class of 2018, ran indoor and outdoor cross country and served as captain for two years.

SPHS Salutatorian Izzy Kintzley Runs Into Nursing

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June 27, 2018

Since she was 6 years old, Isabel “Izzy” Kintzley knew she wanted to be a nurse.

In the fall, she will attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as a nursing major.

“Finding a job that helps other people and making a difference in other people’s lives is really what’s inspired me,” Kintzley said, “and I think that’s true of what a nursing career will be, working with people for the betterment of their lives.”

Kintzley has experience bettering people’s lives. For the last three years, she has participated in WoodsWork, a program through Woods Church that gathers volunteers who build houses in partnership with Habitat For Humanity.

Every summer, WoodsWork takes a group of roughly 120 youths on a nine-day trip in the summer to help with construction. After her first year participating, Kintzley decided she wanted a bigger role in the group and became co-chair and then chair of the committee.

“I had a ton of fun meeting everyone the first year. I like leading, and I liked getting involved and helping make the lessons for the kids going on the trip for future years,” Kintzley said. “A lot of the kids we pull in from the community don’t go to Woods, but it’s nice to have anyone from Severna Park in there. It’s the appeal of bringing so many different people in.”

Kintzley had another opportunity to lead as captain of both the indoor and outdoor cross country teams for the last two years.

Of all the things she’ll miss about high school, Kintzley said she’ll miss her track team the most.

“They have been such a big part of my life,” Kintzley said of her teammates. “I’ve been spending two to three hours every day after school with them, so that’ll be a big change.”

When Kintzley visited the University of North Carolina in March, she spoke with the track coach and is currently on the roster. Though she will miss her high school track team, Kintzley said she is “excited to have an instant group of friends with my new team.”

“It seemed like all the pieces fell into place,” Kintzley said.

Kintzley earned the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, which recognizes leadership, character, scholarship and physical vigor.

For Kintzley, a big part of staying academically motivated was having clear goals set.

“I feel like college was always that major end goal, and by putting the work in throughout high school, I wouldn’t be in a panic or limited when it came to applying for college,” Kintzley said.

She also cited her parents as having a role in her work ethic.

“They’ve always simply expected that I try my hardest and whatever comes from that is OK,” Kintzley said.

In addition to her track team, Kintzley will miss her two sisters. One is older and already away at school, and her younger sister will “have a big adjustment.”

“Hopefully the flight’s not too bad, but FaceTime will definitely be very important,” Kintzley said.


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