Southington High Valedictorian Amber Kohl to study civil engineering at UConn

Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 12:02


SOUTHINGTON – Southington High School Class of 2022 Valedictorian Amber Kohl has a passion for dance and Spanish and plans to further her education studying Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

Kohl credits her success at Southington High School to an innate drive to do the best that she possibly can.

“With everything I do, I try my hardest,” Kohl said. “I just felt like I wanted to achieve my full potential.”

As a civil engineer, Kohl said she hopes to design the infrastructure that impacts people’s daily lives.

“I want to apply my studies to address real world problems,” she said. “People use roads and bridges and infrastructure every day and sometimes take it for granted.”

In addition to studying civil engineering, Kohl said she hopes to continue her Spanish studies at UConn.

“I would also like to study abroad,” she said. “I want to live in Spain and travel to other countries in Europe.”

Outside of her academics, Kohl is a member of Project Lead the Way, the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, STEM Without Boundaries and Best Buddies. She is also one of the Apple Harvest Ambassadors for the Apple Harvest Festival Committee.

Kohl was also president of the Interact Club from 2021 to 2022 and served as the club’s secretary from 2019 to 2021. She led the club in collections of food and household items during the pandemic,

Kohl performs with Dance City and the Arts’ Competitive Dance Team, and said she has danced on stage at the Apple Harvest Festival and the Italian Festival in town.

“I have been dancing since I was 3 years old,” she said. “I see it as the best outlet for my creativity and artistry. Outside of school, I met a lot of great friends on the dance team. I love that my movements and expressions can be used to tell a story or portray a character.”

Kohl’s hobbies include baking, spending time outside and solving puzzles for fun.

Kohl said that when she leaves Southington High School, she’ll miss seeing the people that she saw in class every day.

“It’s bittersweet, but I’m excited for new beginnings and new opportunities,” she said.

Kohl’s advice for students currently in the Southington School system is to “take things one step at a time.”

“Do your best, keep going and push yourself,” she said. “It’s not always easy, but if you break things down and look at them one thing at a time it will help to get you through it.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 12:02. Updated: Tuesday, 14 June 2022 12:04.