Monday, June 2015
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.