The dynamic 17-year-old has made many take notice of both her labor and the fruits thereof in and out of the classroom. The juggling act she routinely performs to keep everything in line is equally impressive.
As she tells it, everything takes root from the formula she has concocted for achievement.
“As with any recipe, you need to find your personal balance,” said Kellum. “The key ingredients are giving it your best, seizing all the opportunities that come along — be confident — and relying on others.
“You should always try to surprise and surpass yourself … This motivation is the secret behind my recipe [for success].”
As mentioned, the senior keeps up a full schedule.
Kellum is president and founder of an on-campus book club at Riverwood as well as the school math club. She also spends her precious free time taking violin lessons; all the practice pays off via an honorary spot in the school orchestra.
If all that isn’t enough, she also puts time in as a volunteer at the Sandy Springs Library.
Managing a full plate like that is yet another skill that Kellum appears to have mastered.
“My first approach is to plan ahead,” she said. “Avoiding procrastination is key.
“When prioritizing my time, I keep in mind that too much of anything is bad, so I make sure to make time for volunteer work and time to relax with family and friends.”
Riverwood’s “Stellar Student” has a fair share of supporters.
Count science teacher Lakshima Anumukonda among them.
“Cailin is a wonderful, brilliant student with a true passion for science,” said Anumukonda. “She is perfectly suited for pursuing higher education in the science field.”
Based on her post-secondary education and career aspirations, Kellum agrees.
“I hope to be accepted into Georgia Tech or Emory [University],” Kellum said. “I want to major in molecular biology or any branch of chemistry.”
“I would love to someday run my own lab, but I am really interested in research. Before running my own lab, I hope to be involved with many research opportunities.”