Alumni Spotlight – Hootie Hennessey

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Alumni Spotlight – Hootie Hennessey

As a part of Meridian School’s new Alumni Spotlight website feature, you’ll now be able to see where Meridian School Alumni are headed since their graduation. Our first spotlight is David “Hootie” Hennessey who recently returned home from an LDS Mission to the Baguio Philippines Mission. Take a look at the highlights from our first interview with Hootie:
What was it like to live in the Philippines?
“Good! It was hard, I mean, obviously there are struggles that come with being a missionary, especially a newer one. It was hard for the first while until I could really get the language. It was easily the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but once I got the language and once I “submitted”, I totally loved it.”
What are your plans now that you have graduated?
“I’m going to school… I’m not quite sure what I want to study or what I want to be. So right now I’ll just be going to school and looking for opportunities to help me find out what that could be.”
What was the most valuable lesson you learned at Meridian?
“When you went to that school it was cool to learn and cool to be smart. You would come to school and the whole day you just wanted to learn. And it wasn’t cool to NOT learn.”
What advice would you give a current High School Student?
“I think I would want to remind them that High School is just a preparation for bigger things in life and that they shouldn’t cut corners. The same studying habits, the same way they look at school, the same way they look at homework and going to class when they are a senior will be the same way they’re going to look at it when they’re in college.”
Who was an instructor or mentor at Meridian who taught you valuable lessons?
“Rachel Barlow…Travis Madsen…Mrs. Penrod, Miss Winston, Miss Mott, Mrs. Wall, Miss Umenski, Mrs. Nagel…Claire Watabi…Jason Watabi…Mindy Young…. All those people I remember.”
Who do you still keep in touch with from Meridian School?
“The other day Caleb Allen, Christian Minton, and I all hooked up. We were all in Kindergarten together. Michael Duckworth and Sean Rostrum are part of my core group of friends.” For a full transcript and more hilarious content, Click Here.      
Hootie and his father David
Hootie with his father David Hennessey.
Teaching as a Missionary
Hootie teaching as a Missionary in the Philippines
Pre-Mission Picture
Pre-Mission Picture
Yearbook Photo
Yearbook Photo
Pre-Concert Prep
Hootie, Michael Duckworth, and Sean Rostrom doing Concert Prep
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