Kelly Rossiter '09

Kelly Rossiter’s Senior Superlative of “Most Involved” might even seem like an understatement once you talk to her about her activities: plays, student government, Peer Leadership, Co-Chair of Ahr Star, Amnesty Peace and Justice, Ahr Choice Club (just to name a few). But she is an individual who is fueled by good deeds and good people and doesn’t let time constraints get in her way.

Rossiter still remarks on how lucky she was to be a part of the service programs at Bishop Ahr High School, especially the Ahr Star program. As a four-year member of the program that engrosses the entire school in supporting a child in need, she would ultimately be elected as Co-Chair. Another one of her most memorable experiences was her involvement in New Jersey Girls State. She credits her Guidance Counselor, Mr. Drury, for getting her into the program in which she represented her Congressional District, competing against other teens in a mock election. The week further taught her the importance of civic responsibility. She won the mock election and was sent to Washington, D.C. to represent the State of New Jersey at the White House, where she had the chance to meet with then President Bush, then-Senator Clinton, Senator John McCain, and Senator Menendez. Overall, she says that BGA ingrained in her that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” She learned that no matter where one goes in life, there will always be opportunities to lend a helping hand and she has since dedicated her life to serving others as a member of the non-profit field for more than a decade.

Since graduating from BGA in 2007, Rossiter attended The College of New Jersey where she studied Political Science, volunteering frequently at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, on service retreats to Camden, and as a volunteer educator at the Bordentown Correctional Facility. In her sophomore year of college, she was elected a Democratic Committeewoman in Edison, NJ and was later accepted into the Teach for America program, serving for two years teaching special education in the river parishes of Louisiana. Most recently, she graduated from Emerge, a national organization that trains women how to run for public office.

Rossiter states that BGA helped to prepare her for the rewarding challenge of fighting injustice, working to solve social inequity, and serving others and she recommends BGA to anyone who wants to make their individual mark on the world.