Alumni Updates: Fall 2012
Neal Bartl ’12 is on the pre-med track at Sewanee with plans to major in Biology. He is currently in an EMT-1 Class where he rides with paramedics twelve hours a week. He hopes to try out for the Sewanee EMT squad in March.
Sawyer Bowman '11 and his Bowdoin College cross country team placed 2nd out of 50 teams in the NCAA Division III New England regional championships and was ranked 9th in the nation. Sawyer was named to the NESCAC All-Academic team this fall. He is serving as a Resident Advisor this year and is considering a major in Chemistry or Computer Science with a minor in Spanish.
Paulina Campbell '12 helped the Grinnell College cross country team to an 8th place finish out of 28 teams in the NCAA Division III Midwest regional championships. She has been volunteering and observing in a 2nd grade classroom at a local elementary school.
Cassidy Coutinho '12 led the Belmont Abbey College soccer team to a conference championship and a win in the first round of the NCAA Division II regional tournament. She also enjoys Zumba at the YMCA and learning new dances.
Graeme Earle ’11 recently conducted an independent research project towards his Biology major at Kenyon College. He studied interactions between black vultures and turkey vultures at large carrion.
Kathleen Elkins '10 has been studying in Valencia, Spain during the fall semester. She is working towards a major in Spanish and completing pre-med requirements. In the spring she will rejoin the Williams College tennis team as they will once again attempt to defend their NCAA Division III national title!
Darius Knott ’11 is declaring a major in Computer Science at Lenior-Rhyne University.
Joseph Moran ’12 is thinking about majoring in Chemistry at UNC-Wilmington.
Dana Neidinger ’12 started an origami club at Carleton College and serves as president. She also plays in the four octave handbell choir. She is considering a major in Math.
Terin Patel-Wilson ’11 has decided to be a Computer Science major at Yale. He's also a member of TEDxYale, an organization that hosts a TED conference once a year on Yale's campus; teaches health education to New Haven high schoolers through the Community Health Educators organization; and is the Articles Editor for the Yale Scientific Magazine. He hopes to study abroad in the Fall 2013 semester.
Tori Rinker ’12 participated in a pre-orientation trip called Community Action where, with a group of about 12 other Princeton freshman and a few upperclassmen leaders, she worked on service projects (filling the pantry at a food bank, organizing a home to be used as a classroom for ESL classes) in the local Princeton area. To continue spreading school spirit on campus she has joined a group called Tiger Universe that encourages attendance and spirit at varsity sports games. She also is taking advantage of all the cultural opportunities college offers such as attending dinners with Anne-Marie Slaughter and George Will.
Sophia Spach ’11 is majoring in Human Service Studies with minors in Art (photography) and Religious Studies at Elon University. She is an intern at the Truitt Center for spiritual and religious life on campus where she helps to plan events for various religious traditions. She will be studying religion, caste, and culture in south India for three weeks in January and then will spend the spring semester in Costa Rica.
Sayre Weir ’11 is an International and Global Studies major with a focus in Latin America, Spanish, and Political Science at Middlebury College. She plans to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina next fall. She teaches two yoga classes and is a Spanish tutor. She also played on the JV soccer team in the fall.
Kathleen Elkins '10: Woodlawn Reflection
On June 8, 2010, I stood in front of my family, friends, teachers, and peers on the Stinson Hall porch to present my graduation speech and receive my High School diploma. Not an emotional person by nature, I surprised myself when tears began to form in my eyes – tears of happiness, excitement, nostalgia, and appreciation. I remember feeling so moved when these tears and goose bumps – these uncontrollable, physical responses – arrived, because they showed me how significant a moment this was and how significant of a role each and every person at the graduation played in my life.
Chad Raines '10: Why Woodlawn?
It was a little over five years ago that I came to Woodlawn. I was a traumatized eighth grader, having just recently left my first -- and only -- year of public school. Woodlawn had two upperclassmen at the time, Tyler Web and Blade Cruickshank, and that was it. Ninth grade was the farthest the school had gotten. I had no doubt, though, that Woodlawn was where I would graduate at that time, although I had no idea how that might occur. And now that I am a freshman here at St. John’s College of Annapolis, Maryland I find myself regaling others with stories of my old school. But one question that comes up now and again is simply, why Woodlawn? And as parents of students who even now look forward and judge whether they wish to continue on at Woodlawn -- indeed, the same situation I found myself in, so few years ago -- it is a question you will find yourself asking. Why Woodlawn?