by Ron Flewelling
The 2009-10 school year is now one for the record books and a flood of youngsters have departed post haste from the environs of our area's schools.
This June reader has really been hitting the books the past several months in her third grade classroom at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Elementary.
Carolynn notes that Art and Science shared the honors as her top subjects the past two semesters.
She does aver, however, that she enjoyed each and every one of teachers equally well and would find it difficult to select one as her favorite instructor.
As a result of all that scholastic diligence in her studies, Carolynn will be moving on over to the fourth grade classroom when the new school year rolls around this coming fall.
Although she still has a couple of years to go before she tackles high school, Carolynn is well aware of the importance that reading holds when it comes to getting an education and beyond.
"Reading is important because it's something you will always use!" she says.
Whenever she made one of her frequent trips to her school's library, Carolynn was never at a loss when it came to finding a good read.
After all, her preferred reading list is chock-a-block full of some great tales, an impressive list that includes the Junie B. Jones and Magic School Bus series of books.
She also likes to delve into the spookier side of literature on occasion by diving into a couple of the eerie tales found in the Goosebumps series of nail biters.
Now that summer is here and those pesky little things like homework aren't around to keep one's nose to the grindstone, Carolynn will have a lot of time to enjoy one of her many favorite hobbies and pastimes.
She will be spending a lot of her free time playing golf and softball, bowling and adding to her collections of rocks, bouncy balls and Pez dispensers.
In addition, she will be filling a lot of those summer hours with riding her bike, camping, joining in on the activities of her local Girl Scout troop and swimming at her Grandpa and Grandma Hinspeter's house.
As far as her future plans are concerned, Carolynn hopes to head off to college one day and study to become an elementary teacher.
Until it's time for her to rule the roost in her own classroom, however, Carolynn DeYoung will be spending a lot of her time at her home over on South Walnut Street in Marcus.
Her parents are Mindy and Randy Walton and Dennis and Mandy DeYoung.
She also has six siblings...Whitney, Mariah, Bailey, Nicholas, Justin and Autumn, two dogs named Ginger and Blaze, three cats named Kitty, Angel and Boots and numerous fish.