Article: Service propels Carmel seniors

MUNDELEIN – Caitlin Duffy and Patrick Trigg share more than just a 4.0 grade point average and a love of lawyer jokes.

The Carmel Catholic High School seniors also are important cogs at their school, leading clubs and helping organize fundraisers.

The pair recently demonstrated both of these traits while emceeing the school’s Battle of the Bands together.

Trigg is the president of the student council, and Duffy is the president of Tri-M, the music honors society that put on the Battle of the Bands, which raises money for VH1’s “Save the Music” foundation.

“Her dad is a lawyer so she called him for lawyer jokes,” Duffy said. “She thought they were hysterical, and I thought they were hysterical. But the [students in the audience] were like, ‘What?’ ”

Lawyer joking aside, that’s just the start of their school involvement.

Duffy, 18, of Ingleside, has a laundry list of clubs and sports that she has been involved with during her time at Carmel, including cross-country, basketball, softball and soccer, the sport in which she broke her kneecap late April.

She’s also the executive president of the student council and is in the art club, National Honor Society and service club.

She has participated in musicals and Street Scenes, which is a student show put on in February.

Trigg, 18, of Waukegan, has a similar repertoire.

He’s in the National Honor Society, the math honors society, student boosters, along with being the president of Tri-M. He also participates in Street Scenes, in which he dances.

Dancing is a passion for Trigg, who has done tap and jazz for 11 years and ballet for 14 years. And it’s how Trigg and Duffy first met. The two have been friends since meeting each other at Dance Center North in the seventh grade.

The two also are leaders in their community. Carmel High School requires that each student to do 40 hours of community service a year as part of his or her studies, and Duffy and Trigg have happily filled those hours.

Duffy works with the Special Recreation Service of Northern Lake County as a counselor for its summer camps, working eight-hour days for a week with kids and young adults with special needs.

Trigg works with a food pantry at his parish in Waukegan for two hours every Monday, something he says he’ll continue to do in the summer.

As for future plans, Duffy will go to the University of Colorado-Boulder and is not sure exactly what she will study there but is interested in the creative arts: theater, communications and art.

“But tomorrow it might be different,” she said with a grin.

And Trigg will go to Indiana University where he will study international relations in hopes of eventually working somewhere in Spanish-speaking countries practicing law.

“He’s nice to everybody,” Duffy said, “and he’s the Tri-M leader. And he does Street Scenes. And he does so many things, and he’s an amazing dancer. And he does things that other people would necessarily say are cool, like dance and everything … and I respect him for that.”

Trigg is similarly impressed with Duffy.

“She’s very energetic about everything she does,”

Trigg said. “I know she’s always so busy and she had problems in the past in her sophomore and junior year having to decide on what to do because she’s in so much. But she does it with so much passion and so much dedication that it really shows. She’s really energetic and really a fun person be around.”

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