SENIOR STANDOUT: ANNLI NAKAYAMA By Brendan O’Brien, Director of Communication There are three specific characteristics listed in the description for Prairie’s Medal for Academic Excellence, the school’s highest academic honor. As it turns out, they are apt adjectives for someone as comfortable playing Trix the Aviatrix in a spring musical as she is discussing her JapaneseAmerican heritage while penning an essay on the 2017 Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in San Diego.
Mahl Youth Music Scholarship. The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Conservation Leadership Corps Scholarship. The French Award.
Inquisitive. Reflective. Curious.
This fall, Annli will find a new supporting cast at Yale University. However, no matter what path she ultimately chooses, one thing is already certain – her star will only continue to burn brighter.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Annli Nakayama ’18. Whether in the classroom, on stage, or surrounded by the TPS community – as she was while donning a bright red snowman sweater and emceeing Prairie’s beloved 12 Days Celebration from midcourt of the JAC last December – Annli routinely found herself at the center of what was happening. At this school, a place committed to encouraging student success in every medium imaginable, the awards and scholarships bestowed upon Annli speak to a remarkably driven young woman whose interests – and curiosities – are the epitome “Inquisitive. Reflective. Curious.” Cum Laude Society member. The Music and More Mearl
Hers was an Upper School career spent stealing the show, just as she did as Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone in March, a performance that earned her a Jerry Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance.
“At SDLC, 1,600 student from independent schools across the country gathered together to lift each other up, form bonds of friendship, and tackle issues of injustice and inequity through conscious dialogue and deep thought – something I never even considered possible.” – Annli Nakayama ’18