We present to you the graduating class of 2015!
Congratulations to our seniors who have come to the culmination of the Waldorf High School's arc. After this Winter's focus on Senior Presentations and Spring's absorbing college selections process, they have now turned to the joys of preparing Summer plans and prepping for Fall experiences in colleges, professional training and work experiences, and travel opportunities too. We wish them the best and look forward to hearing about all their accomplishments in the future!
Their next moves take the 2015 seniors far afield into varied pursuits and passions...
Here are profiles of their plans for 2015-16:
Anyah Akanni will attend Northwestern University as an Evans Scholar, a pre-med student, and biochemistry major. She is especially intrigued by nuVIBE (Northwestern University’s Ventures in Biology Education) which helps students, as early as the freshman year, to formulate research ideas, write proposals, and obtain funding for original student-initiated research. Anyah commented that there doesn’t seem to be just one type of student at Northwestern, and she appreciates the liberal arts focus in a university setting. Two clubs, Model UN and Mock Trial, also appeal to Anyah. Anyah looks forward to living on campus, but also staying close enough to visit her family.
Alex Bender-Hooper will work at Chicago ‘Tiquer, a local resale business. This will allow him to gain business experience while also allowing him to pursue old and new passions (including train collecting, cat adoption and ownership, and car restoration). In the future, Alex will consider further schooling in the areas of veterinary care or engineering.
Michael Chungbin is enthusiastic about attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, where he will study in their unique program in Photographic Imaging Technology. This program focuses on the engineering side of film and photography, and emphasizes the development of new products and technologies, specifically for bio-medical uses and consumer products. Michael is also considering a minor in engineering, physics or optics, and he may try out for one of the ice hockey or volleyball teams. First, however, is a summer trip to Hawaii, where he plans to make a film documentary.
Juan Correa has accepted an offer of admission to Knox College in Illinois, but will defer in order to take a gap year, as he plans to work full-time in Florida prior to attending college At Knox, Juan found that both the students and professors seemed “very real”, and diverse in many different ways. He also found the buildings on campus to be beautiful. Juan will begin at Knox in the fall of 2016, and plans to study psychology and become involved with the theater productions.
Madeleine Driscoll is excited to attend Columbia College Chicago, where she will major in fine arts with a likely focus on painting. Madeleine appreciates the openness of the Columbia curriculum; it is not as regimented as some other art schools, and she looks forward to developing her own style right from the beginning. She may minor in business or advertising. This summer Madeleine will seek an apartment in the city, and will resume her internship work with Lee Tracy, a local artist. This work will continue throughout the school year, and Madeleine will gain valuable skills in stretching canvasses, among other art-related tasks.
Lauren Dubendorf will attend Eckerd College in Florida where she is considering a major in marine biology, a particularly renowned program there. She notes that the students are enthusiastic, service-oriented, and interested in study abroad (85% of students study abroad in winter term). In addition to typical clubs, there are a number of events and traditions throughout the year, in which all participate and which help the student body to bond as a whole. A minor in art will round out Lauren’s education.
Jimmy Geraghty will enroll at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. He intends to major in Government Studies (political science) and will likely attend law school after Lawrence (which has a very good acceptance rate into graduate and professional schools). Jimmy commented that it is a picturesque campus with a thriving music scene. In addition to performances by music students, Lawrence brings in outside bands to do concerts. Jimmy may try out for the basketball team, too. As he termed it, a "quirky student body" will further add to Jimmy’s college experience.
Joe Hartz will work and attend community college in Chicago next year. He looks ahead to attending a university, where he plans to study music business and songwriting. Belmont University in Nashville is of particular interest as he would be able to combine these majors and begin a professional music career while still in college. For now, Joe wants to have the flexibility offered by community college so that he can finish editing his first novel, Synchronize, and begin writing his second novel, Distortion.
The seniors in costume from their scene work in the drama program.
Isaiah Hasselquist will attend the University of Illinois at Chicago while living at home. He likes the urban location and immediately felt at home surrounded by the city that he loves. Although some of his freshman classes will be large lectures, Isaiah notes that the lectures break up into smaller groups that meet regularly. Isaiah will major in biology, and has a special interest in wildlife biology, especially reptiles. Isaiah also hopes to take advantage of a study abroad opportunity in order to broaden his knowledge of reptiles in their native habitat.
Alex Leonard has decided on DePaul University as her home for the next four years. Alex is very interested in social justice issues; and she found the DePaul campus to be very diverse and representative of the city, as well as welcoming of women’s advocacy and LGBT groups. She especially likes that the campus itself is integrated into a city neighborhood. Even though Alex is a native Chicagoan, she looks forward to her Explore Chicago freshman class, which will be an opportunity to get acquainted with the city via a different intellectual perspective. Alex is undecided about her major, but plans to take courses in psychology and women’s studies.
Gregory Levinson is looking forward to attending Columbia College Chicago, where he has already taken the initiative to meet multiple faculty members in the Media Arts Department. His specific interests include sound design for movies and games, sound effects, and music composition. Gregory will continue to study music performance as well, and will consider auditioning for one of the Columbia jazz ensembles. He has already secured a twice-weekly gig at a local restaurant; see him at Little Bucharest on Elston & Addison! Finally, Gregory will continue to study martial arts as a lifelong pursuit.
Aja Linnet will return to Denmark after three years in the U.S., and commented that the change is both exciting and depressing. Aja will live in the small city of Espergaerde, her hometown, in a private apartment at her mom’s house. Because Aja did not attend secondary school in Denmark and take the typical Danish language classes, Aja will need to take a four-month Danish language course, in which three years of Danish are condensed into a semester of study. Upon completion, Aja can then enter university study, where she may consider a major in business.
Bianca Moreno has found her next educational home at Beloit College in Wisconsin. She wanted a small, friendly school, with many study abroad opportunities, and a welcoming environment where she could get to know her professors well. Bianca plans to study both creative writing and education. Ultimately, Bianca would like to be a special education teacher, and will likely pursue a master’s degree in that area. This summer, Bianca will resume her internship work with Lee Tracy, a local artist, as a paid employee.
Auset Muhammad will study chemistry and compete in Division I fencing at Temple University in Philadelphia. Auset has practiced with the team and immediately felt at home as it is a friendly environment with a good balance between academics and sports. It made an impression on Auset that the coach, a two-time Olympian and two-time USFA national champion, maintains a philosophy of taking athletes to their full potential in all areas of life, not just athletics. Go Auset and go Owls!
Maria Park looks forward to life in Brooklyn, NY at the Pratt Institute. She notes that Pratt has a beautifully landscaped, green, and traditional residential campus; it is a unexpected urban oasis. Pratt enjoys a top reputation in the arts, and is noted for highly ranked professors, as well as high incomes following graduation. Maria plans to study jewelry design or interior design. This summer, Maria will travel with her parents to New York, Alaska, Seattle, and then back to Korea until it is time to return to the U.S.
Jenna Rogers will attend the University of British Columbia (UBC), following a gap year in Germany in which she will live and volunteer at the Camphill Community in Hermannsberg in the southern part of the country. Jenna will depart this July, travel a bit in Germany, stay at Camphill from August through February, and will then travel to Italy in the spring with her grandmother. In the fall of 2016, Jenna will begin studies at UBC, but is undecided about her major. UBC’s highly regarded overall reputation, as well as its location right on the ocean, were key selling points for Jenna.
Sam Sendelbach has secured a full-time position at Material Development, Inc., a material science and R&D engineering company based in Evanston. Industry experience will help Sam to determine whether this type of research will be his life’s work, and what type of degree to pursue. He will also continue his own research on the sequencing of DNA as a Northwestern University Research Affiliate, a designation which gives him access to the labs. Sam also looks forward to pursuing visual art, music, poetry, and photography as a balance to his research work.
Elijah Teague has a strong interest in fashion merchandising; a passion he shared in his Senior Project. Indeed, he has already placed and sold some of his clothing designs in a local shop with great success. Elijah selected the Business in Fashion program at Richmond; The American International University in London to continue this path. He is very excited to purse his educational experience in Europe, and will investigate the intersection of fashion, culture and commerce in London, Paris, and Italy.
Augie Verciglio is eager to begin the study of mechanical engineering, in addition to business, at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. From the research opportunities available in the freshman year, the plethora of internships, the LEED certified buildings, and the new solar field (which supplies most of the campus energy needs), RIT has many programs and qualities that appeal to Augie. Beginning this year, Augie will spend his summers working at Orion Industries, the site of his internship, where he will work with engineers to build robots for manufacturing facilities.
Becca Wright will attend the College of Wooster in Ohio, a school that is nationally recognized (along with Princeton University) for an innovative curriculum, which emphasizes mentored research. Becca mentioned the three beautiful libraries, strong sense of community, and accessible professors as factors that influenced her decision. She is not sure about her major, but looks forward to taking classes in philosophy and comparative literature, and would like to study abroad. Becca has considered nursing as a career. If interested, Wooster has an arrangement with Case Western Reserve University in which students attend Wooster for three years and Case Western for four; students then graduate with a Doctorate in Nursing and are ready to become leaders in the field.
Congratulations to all 2015 Seniors:
We look forward to hearing about your future endeavours!
When the school in the Simpsons loses its technology, Lisa Simpson tells the adults about "learning while doing, like they do at a Waldorf School."
Animation Storyline: After a scathing math competition defeat, tech bigwigs take pity on Springfield Elementary and outfit the school with all the latest technology. But Principal Skinner’s ineptitude leads to a server farm crash and the school loses all tech, which the students had only used to play computer games anyway.
From there the students learn by doing in tongue-in-cheek fashion—calculating the cubic feet of styrofoam to add to the sloppy joe mix, pouring pints of beer in fractions, wearing required sun hats, and singing songs of acceptance, love and diversity. In the end, their new Waldorf Education helps them win the mathlete rematch by transforming an M into nine non-overlapping triangles.
Writers of the Simpsons certainly made us laugh as they gave a well-crafted shout out to Waldorf Education.
This episode aired May 17, 2015, for the Season 26 Finale, entitled, "Mathlete's Feat."
Watch the episode on YouTube.
The High School Drama Program and the 12th grade present:
The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe
Thursday−Saturday, May 21st−23rd
All evenings at 7:00 pm & Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm
Enjoy this dramatization of C.S. Lewis’s iconic children's fantasy novel, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Join the 12th grade cast as they tell the beloved adventure story of the four Pevensie children who travel to Narnia, a mystical land full of magic, mystery, and the talking lion, Aslan. The 12th grade play is traditionally the culminating event of the Waldorf drama curriculum; the acting, all stage craft (set-building, costumes and props fabrication) are handled by the seniors. Come support them and appreciate their final dramatic performance!
Free Admission (though any donations are gratefully accepted and will be applied to the 12th grade trip).
Recommended for children in 1st grade and up.
Poster Artwork by 12th grade student: Augie Verciglio
CWS May Fair 2015
Saturday, May 16th
We are eagerly readying for Saturday. Here are the great activities, vendors and entertainment that will be part of the day’s events.
Please invite your friends to come together with the children, teachers, parents and friends to enjoy the day of our May Fair.
Our Waldorf community brings you music & performing arts:
10:00am The Levinson Family
CWS father and sons playing international
folk tunes on keyboard and strings.
11:00am The Kelson Twins
Maddie and Juliet Kelson (high school juniors)
are an Americana duo who blend sibling harmonies
and poetic lyrics that have attracted local
& international fans.
12:00pm Maypole Dance
Performed by the 4th grade, with musical
accompaniment by the 5th grade. Young children
may join with 4th grade partners in the
1:00pm Anna Fermin & Tony Richards
Anna is a well-known singer-songwriter who fronts
the alt-country band Trigger Gospel. Musician &
CWS parent Tony Richards accompanies on guitar.
2:00pm Michelle Shafer
CWS parent Michelle Shafer is a singer-songwriter-
poet who will be performing an eclectic mix of
classical, Flamenco, pop/rock and traditional guitar.
3:00pm Waldorf High School Students
Dramatic scenes, music & singing are presented
by the CWS high school students.
SELECTED ACTIVITIES AT THE FAIR
For young children in Early Childhood years:
Roll the Troll
Bowling with the forest creatures. Watch the trolls fall; Get ‘em all!
Explore the hay pile to find special treats and treasures inside.
Plant A Seed
You plant a seed in good soil... then take it home to watch it grow!
Children make their own floating/flying butterfly toy.
Bean Bag Toss
Enjoy helping the bees (bags) find the flowers (their targets).
FOR ALL AGES IN ALL GRADES, FROM CHILD TO ADULT:
Hand-crank the machine to turn yarn into your colorful jump-rope.
Adorned with a festive crown, you embody the spirit of the Fair!
Walk to music but be the last one sitting to win a choice cake.
Face Painting / Hair Wraping
Select your Waldorf style face art or choice of hair adornment.
Get a traditional India henna skin tattoo that will last for days!
Take home your own organic designs on a colorful shirt!
Who is the fastest in this crazy race? Speed & skills required.
Can you find your way out of the maze? Multiple challenges await.
FOR THE OLDER AGES FROM 6TH GRADE TO ADULT:
Test your accuracy. You’ll need nerves of steel to slay the dragon!
Who will rule this billiard game? Use strategy & cunning to win.
VENDORS AT THE FAIR
These artisans vendors were specifically selected for wares and services that are valued by the Waldorf community:
Baizaar / Lauren Bishop
Hand-crafted jewelry and accessories from artists around the world, vintage hill tribe & sari bags, handmade journals & cards.
Products made with all natural fibers. Handmade items for children & teachers, classrooms & season tables.
SW1’s Exotic Reflections / Sheronna Williams
Hand-crafted jewelry, gemstones, unique sterling silver, artifacts.
Nomadic Ant / Suzanne Miranda
Jewelry, children’s international souvenirs.
Claybration / Martha Plaza-Weber
Felted wool sweaters, birds, garlands, necktie fashions, skirts, totes, purses, needle felted denim.
Pacha Love / Lenin Morales
Jewelry, sunglasses, t-shirts, purses.
Katherine-Anne Confections / Kelsey Schroeder
Handmade chocolate truffles, caramels, marshmallows, and European style sipping chocolate.
doTERRA Essential Oils / Megan Hall
Single oils and blends, instructional uses.
Unan Imports / Al Ntamere
Handmade crafted jewelry, hats, organic body care items.
The Dribbly Pear / Marieke Van Der Maelen
1:12 scale modern dollhouse miniature, science themed toys, Chicago-themed culinary jewelry.
Dolls, gnomes, felt items, fairie houses, imports.
Bootleg Batard / Melina Kelson
Long-fermented, handmade and wood-fired breads. Jams featuring
local, sustainably and organically raised fruits. All natural granola.
Clay Ceramics / Jane Wohlreich
Hand made clay pots, bowls, trays, platters & mugs.
Twinkles and Twigs / Sue Erickson
Wool felted fairies and more.
Spinning wheels, weaving looms, felting and knitting supplies, kits and classes and everything Fiber-Arts related.
Balance Through Motion / Liz Kantorski
Hand-made balance boards. Using balance boards strengthens balance, bodies & minds through motion!
Urban Yoga Chicago / Anna Gratzl
Kundalini yoga & meditation classes. Vegetarian cooking classes.
Welcome Your Light / Laura Pryzby
Health coaching , Reiki, angel healing and meditation.
Think Like a Fairy / Dawn Servitto
Fairy doors, handmade by Waldorf 5th grade students.
Barefoot Books / Terri Arain
Multicultural children’s books that spark the imagination and inspire
creativity from birth to 12 years of age. Celebrate art and story!
Children’s Vending Table / CWS Students
8th grader, Ely is offering his paintings, drawings & trading cards.
Visit Drake’s new crystal rock shop: “We Know Rock, Worldwide”
We can’t wait to see you at the fair!!
This year at Chicago Waldorf High School, 16 of our graduating seniors have applied to a college or university. The schools below accepted our graduating seniors as of 4/7/2015. Merit scholarship offers have been generous as colleges attempt to lure the most qualified students.
Worthy Of Note:
A number of colleges and universities are new additions to our list our institutions seeking our CWS graduates. These new schools are Mt. Holyoke College, Northwestern University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, as well as universities in Canada and the United Kingdom. College familiarity with CWS continues to expand with each graduating class!
Congratulations to the 2015 seniors & their families!
Colleges that the Senior Class of 2015 have been accepted to:
Bates College, ME
Bath Spa University, United Kingdom
Beloit College, WI
Bishop’s University, Quebec
Butler University, IN
California College of the Arts, CA
Carleton College, MN
College of Wooster, OH
Columbia College Chicago
Cornell College, IA
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
DePaul University, IL
Drake University, IA
Earlham College, IN
Eckerd College, FL
Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
Flagler College, FL
Illinois Wesleyan University
Illinois Wesleyan University Nursing Program
Indiana University -- Bloomington
Iowa State University
Juniata College, PA
Knox College, IL
Lawrence University, WI
Leeds University, United Kingdom
Loyola University Chicago
Lynn University, FL
Marquette University, WI
Monmouth College, IL
Mt. Holyoke College, MA
Northwestern University, IL
Queen’s University, Ontario
Parson’s—The New School for Design, NY
Pratt Institute, NY
Ripon College, WI
Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
St. John’s University, NY
St. Louis University, MO
St. Mary’s, MN
Temple University, PA
Tuskegee University, AL
University of British Columbia
University of Colorado -- Boulder
University of Dayton, OH
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Puget Sound, WA
University of Vermont Nursing Program
Whitman College, WA
Willamette University, OR
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA
You are invited by the CWS Music Faculty to attend an instrumental evening concert by students in 5th-12th grades.
The Spring Concert
Wednesday, April 15th
7:00pm • CWS Auditorium
Featuring the middle school bands and orchestras and high school African Drumming, Chamber Ensemble, Guitar I, Guitar Ensemble, Improv Ensemble and Jazz Band.
Appreciate the variety and depth of skills, experience and musical creativity our students have to share.
Doors open 6:45pm / begins at 7:00pm / ends at 8:45pm
We warmly invite the community to attend this exciting evening concert and experience the full scope of the Waldorf instrumental curriculum!
Photos, Top to Bottom: CWS Music Faculty introduce the Middle School & High School instrumental ensembles.
Each ensemble, orchestra and band performs in the 2014 Spring Concert.
Dear Chicago Waldorf School Parents, Alumni & Friends,
The late poet, author and activist Maya Angelou once said,
“I‘ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I think many of us will remember Ilene Warfield’s kind deeds— her generous spirit and the way she moved in the world with uprightness and warmth, and those qualities she gave freely, that made us feel safe, made us feel we weren’t crazy, made us feel that we mattered. Ilene passed this morning at 3:30 am surrounded by her family, Sylvie, CWS Class of 2010, Liam, Class of 1998, and Cory, Class of 1992.
Though she sat behind a large desk, it did not act as a social barrier in her office. Her office operated as more of a confessional, for both colleagues and children. She always stopped whatever she was doing, welcomed you with a smile and her big blue eyes, and she embodied what we call the Parcival question: “What ails thee?” She listened without judging, witnessed without prying, and allowed one to maintain dignity in the face of a struggle – even adding levity and humor without offense to help bear the burden. One’s mood was always improved after a visit with Ilene. Her empathy was born out of the struggles she had faced, but she never made it about her. Her generosity of spirit and work was boundless.
We often say that the children are educated by a circle of teachers. Though not a teacher, Ilene knew and loved all of the children. She took an interest in their work and enjoyed watching them grow. She knew all of them and they all knew her. She participated in child studies with the faculty with insight and knowledge. She always wanted her office door left open so that she could hear the children. She greeted every child who brought her attendance, and relished the daily morning musical offerings that came in through the walls.
She insisted on taking every phone call to schedule parent/teacher conferences so that she could build relationships with parents. She often substituted, and referred to substitutions as “opportunities to enjoy” the outdoors with..., lunch with..., or time with various classes. The current 8th grade used to greet her with “Hip, hip, hooray!” every time she entered their classroom.
Most often, the phrase, “How can I help?” passed her lips, and then after agreeing to do more work in support of her colleagues and the school, she always closed with, “Thank you.” She spoiled us, and made things so much easier for us. By always staying positive she even made her illness easier for us. Her humility, courage and energy were inspiring.
On behalf of the Faculty and Staff,
- Karen Hartz and Andrea Shaffer
The final weekend of March offered this year's annual presentation of the 8th grade play; a tradition that showcases the talents of the middle-schoolers. The students demonstrate their dramatic skills as they conclude their Middle School drama program with a capstone production.
Ms. Hartz's class elected to present the tale of Alice, who tumbles down the rabbit hole into Wonderland where she must try to make sense of a place where animals talk, flowers walk, and tea parties never end.
The auditorium was packed with a full house for the opening night; which featured Lewis Carrol's famous tale of Alice--a lost girl who comes to learn about herself after undergoing absurd challenges and trying to make sense of a world ruled by topsy-turvy nonesense.
With poise and grace--as well as periodic zaniness--the students took on the challenge of playing multiple roles,
with many inter-scene costume changes and even shifting character assignments in the last days of tech week. Their efforts paid off with an unexpectedly whimsical show braving the colorful, dreamlike and sometimes nonesensical world of Wonderland.
The parents of the 8th grade supported the show, while Ms. Hartz led the production as its accomplished Director, and special mention must go to the amazing costume design, created by volunteer parent, Roberta Schmatz. The event was great fun for the whole family! To get a taste of the production, enjoy the accompanying slideshow: a small sampling of the amazing and engaging scenes, costumes and characters from Alice's Adventures In Wonderland...
(For larger photos, click on the main image once to enlarge, then click again or use the arrows to navigate thru the slides...)