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Kelsey Spofford

Kelsey Spofford

Class Year



Green Bay, Wisconsin




Musical Theatre

Before coming to Carthage, Kelsey Spofford ’25 was involved in competitive show choir, as well as other choral groups. She received multiple awards for her talent performances in state and national pageant competitions and was a finalist for National American Miss. Her dedication to music and pageantry led her to sing the National Anthem at a Green Bay Packers football game in August 2022.

While Kelsey is a communication major, she continues to pursue her passions as a member of the Treble Choir at Carthage, where she showcases her musical abilities in recitals and annual performances such as the Christmas Festival.

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“I have been able to explore my individuality through academics as well as develop lifelong friendships. Being at Carthage has given me opportunities like no other.”

Kelsey Spofford, ’25

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because I wished to attend a small college where I could make close connections with the faculty and my fellow students. Carthage also was one of the few schools I considered that had strong programs in multiple areas of study. I felt I could have the freedom to explore my options and be supported in changing my academic direction. And, of course, the amazing view was the cherry on top! I love watching sunsets on the lake each night — it’s truly a sight that can’t be beaten.”

Faculty mentors

“The relationships I’ve built with Carthage faculty have immensely impacted my college career. All the faculty, whether they be professors or advisors, have vast knowledge and always have their doors open to help resolve academic issues or to just talk about life.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far has been Musical Theatre Techniques taught by Professor Matthew Hougland. As a whole, the music theatre program is very welcoming. In this class, each student performs and receives constructive feedback from other students. Everyone is at different levels and has different performance experiences. Because of this diversity, it is incredibly rewarding to see all students, including myself, grow into the best performers we can be.”

Toughest class

“I highly enjoyed the Issues in American History class I took my freshman year. It was an academically challenging class, but it pushed me to be my best. I ended the class with a high-standing grade, and although it was one of many that semester, it was the one I was most proud of.”

Campus involvement

“I am a part of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success.”

Internships or campus employment

“I worked at the Call Center here on campus, making nightly calls to former alumni and donors to increase fundraising efforts. I have also worked as an art gallery attendant, and I recently began working in the Office of Visual and Performing Arts. Because of these art-related positions, I have developed a further interest in the visual arts. I am currently in the works of adding a second major in art history.”

Career goal

“After graduation, I hope to be accepted into the Disney College Program and work at Disney World in Florida. This would fulfill a childhood dream! Following my Disney experience, I would love to attend grad school and earn a master’s degree in art history.”

Favorite memory

Carthage Activities Board hosts some of the most amazing events! I have been able to see professional musicals in both Chicago and Milwaukee for only $15 a ticket. Because of these experiences, I have made lifelong memories with my best friends all thanks to Carthage!”

Biggest surprise

“Honestly, I am surprised at how fast Carthage became my home. During my first semester living on campus, I became a part of a community that made me feel valued and safe.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My eight-year-old self would be surprised at what I’ve chosen and the directions I’ve taken. But most of all, she would admire who I grew to be and would love my newly developed comfort in uncertainty.”


“I received the Carthage Highest Honors Scholarship upon my arrival freshman year. When receiving it, I realized how my academic performance in high school was valued by Carthage. It rewarded my previous hard work, and I felt valued as a person and as an academic.”