“Sandbox kid” Catherine Carden ‘19 has looked forward to the Upper School Wearable Art Runway Show every year since she was a child, and has been involved both years she has been an Upper School student herself. Jewelry in particular has always caught her eye, but when the cost of purchasing all of the accessories she liked became extreme she turned to designing them instead.
“I became interested in jewelry design by shopping in stores and online. I always wanted to get so many necklaces, but buying them all was not realistic so I came up with the idea to start making my own, for cheaper,” Carden remembered.
“I then started selling to friends and relatives, and with positive feedback and suggestions, I decided to start selling to the public online. From my Etsy store I have shipped necklaces to over 25 states, with 146 sales just this year.”
Earlier in her sophomore year she also had a major “real life” event when she was able to visit Tri-Delt sorority at the University of Virginia and hold a trunk sale there.
In addition to her jewelry business, Carden stays busy at the School playing field hockey in the fall and lacrosse in the spring, and has found a new enjoyment of math classes in Mr. Colombo’s Honors Integrated Math 3 course.
“Although math isn’t my strongest subject, Mr. Colombo is very patient,” said Carden. “It’s obvious to all who meet him that he genuinely cares about each and everyone of his students.”