Behind two staff members of UAHS
BY JOURNALISM II STUDENT GRETA MILLER, ’23. PHOTOS BY PENELOPE CLARK, ’21.
Transitioning from the old high school to the new high school is a big change for many. With all of the changes, a few things will still remain the same. Upper Arlington High School will continue to have hundreds of staff members helping students throughout the day. Kathy Moore and Daniel Linton are two of the staff members who students frequently see in the hallways.
DANIEL LINTON — OFFICER
Linton is a familiar face to many throughout the day. He welcomes every student at the senior doors, whether they are entering the building for their morning classes, returning to the building after lunch or exiting the building for the end of the day. Linton has been a special duty resource officer in the UA high school for the past three years. Prior to that, he was an officer with the Upper Arlington Police Department for 19 years and retired in 2016.
Transitioning from the patrol car to the halls of the high school has been a pleasant change for Linton. He enjoys interacting with students, staff and his senior door colleague.
“I’ve gotten to know a lot of really nice kids, and it’s kind of a pleasure doing this job,” he said. Having been
surrounded by students for the past few years, he tries to tell kids to enjoy this time because it goes quickly. Linton is not sure whether he will be a part of the new high school in the fall, but he hopes to be monitoring a new door in August.
DR. KATHY MOORE — COLLEGE COUNSELOR
Kathy Moore has been the UAHS college counselor for nine years and interacts with most students in the building by the time they graduate. She knows the ins and outs of the college application process and says her favorite part of the job is watching students develop and progress throughout high school.
“I love starting the process, seeing the growth, and learning where students go,” Moore said.
A typical day for Moore depends on the time of year. The fall is busy with the senior class—answering questions, helping them finish building their college lists, and completing applications. Come Dec. 1, she opens her schedule to any student, which is typically when juniors start coming in with questions. During scheduling in the winter, Moore starts seeing students of all ages with questions regarding classes that colleges want. She also discusses scholarship information with students and hosts roughly 200 college representatives throughout the school year. Moore’s typical day, as we transition to the new school, will most likely be the same. In the new school building, however, Moore will be more centrally located. She hopes to have more exposure to freshmen and sophomores, while still continuing the tradition of meeting with juniors and seniors.
The central theme of Moore’s work involves helping students’ college applications stand out from the crowd. She suggests that many of the traditional ways to highlight skills include taking rigorous coursework, submitting standardized test scores, demonstrating leadership, servicing the community, earning national awards and highlighting musical or athletic talents. More importantly, though, Moore believes a college application is most effective when it is truly authentic and reflects who the student is.
“I would encourage kids to really be true to themselves and be confident in who they are,” Moore said. “Truly, the name of the school means nothing if you won’t be happy there.”