BERRYVILLE — Katherine Viti was accepted by six of the seven colleges to which she applied.

Selecting one might be difficult given the national reputation of each. “I visited every one, but when I went to the University of Virginia, I knew. ‘Yes! This is where I want to be,’” said the 17-year-old, who plans to major in English and one day be a college professor herself.

Katherine, the elder of Anthony and Tammy Viti’s two children, wants to take classes in astronomy, Russian history and “lots of languages. If there’s a single defining thing about me, it’s that I’m super interested in everything.”

She said calculus is “fun,” and she finds it to be very calming. She does math to relax.

The Viti family lives in White Post. Katherine attended Powhatan School, a private K-8 school in Boyce. “My parents always emphasized that I should do my best. But when I got to school, I realized that I really wanted to do my best.”

At Clarke County High School, Katherine has been a member of the yearbook staff, debate and forensics teams, Book Club, Interact, and the School Climate Committee, which promotes kindness. She serves as a Student Ambassador and is president of the National Honor Society, which she was inducted into during her junior year.

She has been a member of the Scholastic Bowl team all four years at Clarke and served as captain during her junior and senior years.

Katherine is ranked fifth in her class of 180 students and has a 4.7143 GPA (on a 5.0 scale) in her Honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes.

She works as a babysitter and tutor.

“I’m extremely extroverted. I like people and the energy I get being around people,” Katherine said, noting she’s never missed a Clarke County High School football game.

The University of Virginia and its almost 22,000 students will be huge. All of Clarke County has fewer than 14,500 residents, but Katherine is looking forward to the change. “That’s just more people to be friends with,” she said, adding, “I’m happiest when I’m super-busy. I’ve learned how to manage my time, so now I’m really looking forward to college.”

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