BERRYVILLE — It’s important for leaders to know their strengths, and Natalie Lyman knows she prefers smaller environments.

She attended Sacred Heart Academy, where she was one of 13 in her eighth-grade class. At Clarke County High School, she is one of 180 students in the Class of 2017. And in the fall she’ll attend the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, which has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to one.

“Small is where I thrive,” Natalie said. “I love being part of a close-knit community.”

Small may suit her nature, but Natalie’s heart is huge.

“I love working with children,” said the 18-year-old daughter of Janie and Kevin Lyman. The Berryville family includes Natalie’s two younger brothers. “I feel I was meant to be the oldest, and I try to be a good example for my brothers.”

Natalie has been a member of the track and field, cross country and swim teams all four years at Clarke County High School. She has been a member of Interact, DECA and the School Climate Committee, which promotes kindness. Natalie has held leadership positions with all those groups. She was an All-State swimmer three years.

Inducted into the National Honor Society in her junior year, Natalie also earned the CCHS Academic Excellence Award three years. She is the senior class vice president, and she serves as a student ambassador.

Natalie is a member of the Clarke-Frederick 4-H Dairy Club.

In addition to working part time as a farm store cashier, Natalie has worked as a trained lifeguard at the Millwood Country Club and at Clarke County Parks and Recreation.

Freshmen at the College of William & Mary do not announce their majors; the first year is dedicated to requisite classes. Natalie plans to study speech pathology.

Natalie, who is ranked 20th in her class, has a 4.46 GPA (on a 5.0 scale) in her Honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes.

“My New Year’s resolution has been to say ‘yes’ more and take advantage of opportunities.”

— Contact Cathy Kuehner at ckuehner@winchesterstar.com

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