Meet Kaylee Seabolt

Leaving your mark: how a memorial set one student’s passions in stone

Franklin College’s small community prides itself on its dedicated professors – a group of educators devoted to highlighting all their students’ unique strengths. However, not every student is accustomed to receiving such individual attention and are often shocked at the lengths FC professors will go to help their students succeed. Franklin College sophomore Kaylee Seabolt is one of those students.

“Coming from that kind of stereotypical small-town school that tended to favor certain types of kids, I sometimes felt ignored by my high school teachers, so it was almost a culture shock to come to Franklin and have professors show, not only a vested interest in me, but a belief that I can succeed. They really made me feel like I matter here.”

One professor in particular showed the second-year history major how much Kaylee could help shape the college thanks to an important research project.

“Dr. Clark-Wiltz came to me after class and asked if I had I had a few minutes to talk. Of course, I immediately thought I was in trouble. But I met with her, and she told me about this research project about a past alum here at Franklin College named Norman Vandivier, who graduated right around the outbreak of WWII and joined the Naval Airforce.” – Seabolt

Kaylee SeaboltPartnered with FC senior Noah Dahlquist, the Women’s Chorus member spent months researching Franklin College’s war-hero alum, and her hard work paid off when her contributions helped create a memorial for Norman Vandivier on the college’s campus.

“It was an amazing opportunity to learn about his life here and after Franklin College, and we got to compile that information together for a public monument dedicated to him in Griz Park.” – Seabolt

Kaylee and her partner’s contributions will have a lasting impact on Franklin College and people from all over the community will be able to visit Vandivier’s bench in the college’s leisure park.

Of course, the humble sophomore feels honored that her professor chose her to be a part of such a significant project, but Kaylee is grateful to Meredith Clark-Wiltz, Ph.D., for helping the History major solidify her passion and her place at Franklin College.

“Dr. Clark-Wiltz really showed me that I am at the right place, doing the right thing, and I don’t think I’ve ever had that kind of validation before I came to Franklin.” – Seabolt

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