Congratulations to our seniors who have come to the culmination of their Waldorf education. After their senior presentations and this Spring's service learning field trips, they have now turned to the tasks of preparing their summer plans and prepping for new experiences in college, professional training in work experiences, and travel opportunities too. We wish them the best and look forward to hearing about all their accomplishments in the future!
25 seniors venture into varied pursuits and passions...
Here are profiles of their plans for 2016-17:
Paul Bonaccorsi anticipates taking classes and continuing to create art. Paul is a dedicated artist and will continue to develop his skills in this realm while living in Chicago. His long-term goal is to establish a career in the arts.
Maddy Byrne will attend Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Since 1837, Mount Holyoke has been a pioneer in higher education and leadership for women. Maddy was impressed with the strong sense of community, renowned professors and intellectual passion on campus. Mount Holyoke is part of a consortium, which includes Amherst, Smith, Hampshire and UMass – Amherst; students can cross-register for classes and also join clubs on other campuses. Maddy already contacted a club bringing musicians and other performers to the consortium.
Phil Collins looks forward to immersing himself in the creative world at Parson’s – The New School for Design in Greenwich Village in New York City. Phil visited twice and was especially energized by the unique workspaces, including professionally staffed studios, print shops, photography labs, metalworking studios and rapid prototyping facilities. Most classes have 15 students or less. The first year will be a foundation year; following that, Phil anticipates that he will major in Communications Design (a broad field that encompasses Graphic Design).
Maddie Franklin will attend Knox College, located about three hours west of Chicago, in Galesburg, Illinois. Maddie plans to study computer science, but also has a longstanding interest in Japanese studies. When visiting Knox, Maddie found that she liked the size of the campus and the welcoming attitude of students and professors. She also sat in on a computer science class and found it quite inspiring. First, however, Maddie hopes to take a gap period during the fall term; this will allow her to work, and also to take a special trip to the Caribbean with her mom.
Guthrie Gates will further his education at Ohio University, a school that ranks very highly for student satisfaction and is considered a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide. Ohio University has strong and extensive programs in music production, sound engineering, music composition and music for film. Guthrie will explore these areas and more. This summer Guthrie will travel with his family to California, and also hopes to begin making connections with music recording studios.
Kyra Gleason will attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a Big Ten university with an abundance of school spirit and a great college town. Kyra absolutely loves football, and will definitely be cheering in the stands, especially since Jim Harbaugh has returned to his alma mater as Head Coach! Kyra looks forward to so many aspects of college life: study abroad, research opportunities, community service, and sports; she may even take up field hockey again. Kyra hopes to study Biology, Spanish, or both, and will consider pre-med.
Niko Gorman will take a gap year, prior to college, to explore his interests in math and physics at a local community college. Starting in the summer he will study for certification in Internet Security from CompTIA Security+, a globally recognized credential for IT professionals. He will also study various programming languages in order to expand his knowledge in that area as well.
Graham Heavenrich will attend the University of Miami in Florida. Graham’s likely major will be Communications, and he may want to find a way to integrate that field with his interests in music, technology and business. The Princeton Review ranks the University of Miami #6 in the nation for race/class interaction, and is named a best Southeastern college. Prior to college, Graham will travel to Colombia for a couple of months to visit friends made while on exchange. He will also continue to shepherd his various profitable online businesses.
Taylor Jones will attend a 17-month hands-on program at Lincoln College of Technology (Lincoln Tech) in Melrose Park, Illinois, in order to become an Automotive Technician. Taylor already has some experience working on cars and knows that this is a career for which he can be enthusiastic! In the short term, this program will prepare Taylor for employment at car dealerships, independent automotive shops, service centers, and fleet maintenance departments. Taylor’s long-term goal is to own his own auto repair shop.
Liza Kahn will take a gap semester in order to study the German language intensively in Berlin via an 8-week program, found through the Goethe Institute. This opportunity will build on her exchange experience and deepen her understanding of German language and culture. Liza will also apply to liberal arts colleges for entrance in the spring semester. With many interests, including Psychology, Journalism, German and Pre-Law, Liza is looking forward to academic exploration. Wherever she lands, she also hopes to be involved with track/running, photography and yearbook.
Juliet Kelson will further her education at Macalester College, one of the few national liberal arts colleges located in a large city. Macalester has an international focus; its International Studies department is one of the oldest (and deepest) in the nation, and Juliet is considering this field of study. Juliet is looking forward to studying abroad, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of a liberal arts education. Minneapolis-St. Paul has a vibrant music scene, and Juliet anticipates some new performance opportunities.
Maddie Kelson will move to Nashville, Tennessee for a self-financed gap year prior to enrolling at Macalester College in Minnesota. Maddie plans to immerse herself in the music scene of the “Country Music Capital of the U.S.” With no academic demands for a full year, she will be able to write, perform, and learn the “ins” and “outs” of making it in the music business. Once at Macalester, in the fall of 2017, Maddie hopes to pursue a field of study that will overlap with her interests in philosophy, writing, psychology and music.
Dylan Kulik will also join the student body at Macalester College. He is looking forward to academic exploration in the areas of environmental science, geology, geography, and more. Dylan is already in touch with other incoming Macalester students who are interested in environmental concerns and renewable energy. Given Dylan’s interests, it is fortuitous that Macalester ranks first in the nation for National Science Foundation grants per capita at liberal arts colleges. Dylan is also happy to have Juliet Kelson (also attending Macalester) and Sam Liss (attending St. Olaf) nearby.
Delphine Lazar will attend Eugene Lang – The New School for Liberal Arts, located in Greenwich Village in New York City. Delphine is currently interested in one of two majors: Journalism, or Culture & Media. She has also applied for a 5-year Dual Degree Program offered in conjunction with Parson’s – The New School for Design. At Parson’s, Delphine is attracted to the majors of Fashion Design or Integrated Design. Eugene Lang is notable for its seminar-style classes, and for its occasionally experimental and avant-garde courses.
Nick Leonard will attend Skidmore College in New York to study theater. Skidmore has a unique theater program, which allows greater immersion into the craft than the typical liberal arts college; however, students still benefit from a well-rounded education and the variety of opportunities available. He is considering a minor in Literature, particularly early 20th century literature, or Economics. Although he was offered a fully paid Freshman Semester in London for fall of 2016, he has opted instead to become acclimated to the school with the rest of the freshman class.
Sam Liss will head to St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He was attracted to St. Olaf’s strong programs in Math and Theater. Sam is particularly excited to study advanced math and describes it as a beautiful subject that approaches philosophy. Another appealing program is The Great Conversation, a series of five courses about western civilization, which traces the evolution of literacy and artistic expression, philosophic thought, religious belief, and the sciences of human behavior into the modern world. Sam may participate in chess club, but looks forward to exploring his interests.
Emina Music will attend Lake Forest College, an advantageous choice. She is undecided about a major, but leans toward the sciences, and Lake Forest will be opening a state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary science center in 2018. Pharmacy and neuroscience are future career possibilities. Emina found Lake Forest to be a peaceful, harmonious and beautiful campus, and the students seemed very happy. She is interested in intramural sports and internships. Emina also received an art scholarship and may be interested in becoming involved with the student-run art museum on campus.
Max Renton will attend Central Saint Martins in London, England, a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. Currently it is the top ranking fashion design school in the world. Max is enthusiastic about the challenge that he will encounter next year. He described it as a competitive community in which students must work hard each year to secure a space in the next year’s class; Max believes this will challenge him to do his best work. At the same time, Max will have the freedom to explore various areas of specialization, such as graphic design and industrial design.
Chris Richards will attend Columbia College Chicago, the largest and most diverse arts/media college in the U.S. He finds it to be a creative and inspiring environment. Video game design is an appealing field of study for Chris; he especially looks forward to the group projects that are integral to this program. In fact, Columbia has a number of related majors: Game Development, Game Programming, Game Sound Design, Mobile Media Programming, Game Art, and Interaction Design. Chris plans to live at home for the first semester.
Siubhan Stormont will take a gap year prior to attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale as a full-tuition University Excellence Scholarship recipient. Siubhan plans to study drama and minor in dance. A feature of the department is that all theater majors are assigned a Theater Faculty Mentor. In addition, the McLeod Summer Playhouse -- a professional theater company, which presents popular theater to the southern Illinois region -- provides professional level experience for SIU students. Siubhan also looks forward to studying abroad and to the numerous extracurricular options.
Silvia Sukenic will enroll at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a James Scholar, an honors program that offers professional development workshops, small honors classes, and research opportunities. Silvia will major in Special Education at UIUC, a program which is ranked 8th in the nation. Silvia is enthusiastic about working with young children, but will be certified to work with ages 5 – 21. She was impressed that the campus was quite diverse. La Casa Cultural Latina, an organization that hosts cultural, educational and social advocacy programs, holds interest for Silvia.
Conor Sullivan will attend Rollins College in Florida, where he is one of ten students who received the Alfond Scholarship. Alfond Scholars are mentored as candidates for intellectual academic recognition as Rhodes, Truman, and Goldwater scholars, and as recipients of other prestigious awards. On his visit to Rollins, Conor was impressed with the style of teaching, the sense of community, and the support for self-directed learning. It was clear to Conor that the students at Rollins enjoy learning and want to be there. Conor looks forward to study abroad opportunities, particularly in Spain.
Shannon Sullivan will also attend Rollins College as part of the Honor’s Program as a Dean’s Scholar, and will live in the honors dorm. Shannon notes that Rollins is a beautiful campus with faculty who seem to share some similarities with Waldorf teachers. Shannon hopes to study abroad, possibly more than once. She can envision getting involved with theater productions, but would like to leave the possibilities for involvement (as well as her major) open for the time being. Shannon will travel to Colombia this summer to reconnect with friends from her exchange experience.
Tan Vasikachart will attend IFA (International Fashion Academy) Paris, a program that is limited to 25 incoming students each year. Tan is one of five finalists for one of two full tuition scholarships that are awarded each year. She was impressed with the way in which the program combines contemporary fashion with French heritage. IFA Paris also has campuses in Shanghai and Istanbul, and offers exchange opportunities on those campuses and elsewhere for students to study abroad. Tan hopes to travel with her family this summer before departing for Paris.
Grace White will attend Knox College, one of the Colleges That Change Lives. During her visit to Knox, Grace was impressed by the openness of the people she met on campus. In true liberal arts fashion, she hopes to find a way to combine her interests in photography, German, and history. Of note, Washington Monthly ranks Knox College #11 nationally based on contribution to the public good. In addition, a new arts building, complete with photography dark rooms, will open in the fall.
Congratulations to all our graduates!