The Declaration Graduation 2021 | ISSUE #8
By Ciaran Santiago
Farewell, Miss Fairbank!
After 37 long years at Thomas Jefferson School, faculty member Miss Karen Fairbank is finally saying farewell, and with that, hundreds of students and thousands of memories will fade away. That being said, it seems only fitting that we at The Declaration, a Fairbank staple for her entire time here, bid her farewell. “I’ll miss my messy office,” Miss Fairbank sighed. “It’s filled with things from every event: shirts, books, food, banners…it will be strange not having my office next year.” Thinking back about her favorite events, she ruminated a bit longer: “It’s hard knowing everything I do next year will be for the last time (she’s staying around at TJ just as Director of Student Activities next year, or as she says, “the fun stuff!”). Everything SAC will be in good hands with Mrs. Pieroni after I leave, but it’s going to be sad to know I won’t be there. All the fun events will come together, but the camaraderie of SAC will be missed.” She waxed poetic about SAC, noting that “it is the happiest committee! We disagree, but it’s always friendly and warm. Best committee you could ever hope to be on; a real team process.” Miss Fairbank also reminisced happily about her time spent teaching. “I have been first and foremost a teacher,” she stated, “and I’ve taught Ancient History, and I created seventh grade Social Studies. It was a really fun class, especially the role plays! And then of course, there were the amazing books from eighth-grade English. Every time I got to teach “The Catcher in the Rye,” and the language of plays from Oscar Wilde to Shakespeare and the eighth-grade plays. And of course, the eighth-grade play was my pride and joy! I laughed, I cried, and
so did our audiences! One day I hope that our talented students have a real threatre in which to perform. However, there was one aspect of English 8 she seemed happy to leave behind, emphatically stating: “I will not miss OR.” She knows she will miss AP United States History. On the broader impact that the class might have had on society, she had much to say: “Every four years there was a presidential election, which gave it a special meaning, but it was never about that, it was about what’s changed, and what’s stayed the same, and watching the government in action. While
I don’t always agree with events or the people we’ve studied, historians have never agreed either, and the fact that we get to talk about those things is really amazing. I got to talk to students who are about to vote, that there are issues that connect us and pull us apart. As the college counselor, Miss Fairbank enjoyed helping students find their fit. It was not always an easy job, but knowing that TJ students have found such success in the world after college, means Photo courtesy of Karen Fairbank
that we did a good job together throughout the college process. Of course, no role of Miss Fairbank’s has remained as consistent as that of advisor and editor of The Declaration, our community’s student-run news publication. “I still remember when senior Chino Kim in 1984 said ‘I’d like to start a paper and I wonder if you’d like to be the advisor,’” she recounted. “I didn’t think I’d be doing it 37 years later, and I didn’t think that it would become such an institution and stay the same while being so different. There have been so many changes, whether it was the color or formatting or how we print out the issue, and I’ve had so many unique opportunities through columns like Homer or Declapedia or the April Fool’s issue. After I leave and we start to make a jump to digital, I’d really like to see us cover more news: we have a new ability to cover social, political, and cultural events. And I’d really like us to talk more and reach out to our community. But first and foremost, it’s really been a a privilege to advise Dec.” The Declaration has always been about more than just its members, and even with Miss Fairbank’s departure, we at the newspaper intend to continue our mission of publishing news, opinions, and other media every month. However, as we make the jump to becoming a publication that, for the first time in its history, will be without a founding member, there is no doubt that Miss Fairbank will be sorely missed, not just by us at The Declaration, but by everyone at TJ. However, we are just as ready as you, Miss Fairbank, to move into the future, and we at Thomas Jefferson school would like to thank you for the time and effort you gave to us here. and wish you the best in retirement.
Middle School Plays
By Carter Cashen and Nathalie Guillossou In what was a truly odd year, TJ still managed to pull off plays with middle schoolers, but they looked a little different this year. Instead of the traditional full-length play performed only by eighth graders, all of the middle school was divided up to perform in three one-act plays, and instead of these plays being in the gym as they have been in recent years or Main where they were originally, these three plays were performed outside at the pavilion due to COVID-19 safety precautions. In order to meet this new outdoor challenge, the Set Design class, taught by Mr. Rob Lippert, designed a versatile set that could be quickly changed between shows to accommodate the three very unique requirements of each play. Maya Albano ‘22 worked the sound effects (and body mics) and managed the music in between performances. As always, there was a play tee shirt (designed by Isabella Huang), this time featuring all three plays! The first play performed was “Hamlette’’ by Allison Williams, directed by Mrs. Angela Audet with the assistance of student director Yuliana Rust ‘23. This hysterical and clever play is a spoof of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” with a female
lead played by Greta Stucke. Ella Luvai did a wonderful job playing both of Hamlette’s parents; Max McGuire played the occasionally cowardly Horatio, and Andrew Engelsmann, Harrison Foster, and Logan Mounce all took on multiple roles throughout the play. This truly enjoyable play had the audience laughing along throughout! The second play, “The Adventure of The Tolling Bell,” directed by Rob
Lippert with help from the student director Nathalie Guillossou ‘23, was a radio show adapted by Dennis Green and Anthony Boucher from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this unique radio play, which was originally broadcast on April 7, 1947, the audience simply had to listen to experience the full story. Since it was a radio show, the actions in the play were brought to life simply by the voices of the cast, as well as on-stage studio sound ef-
fects. The story was set in the rural village of Conforth, where Holmes (Priya Antony) and Watson (Zain Ahmad) investigated the disappearance of a local woman’s son. Ben Cashen (the announcer and Tom), Paul Hensel-Miekeley (Mr. Michol), and Dylan Kolk (Gillian the postman), juggled the tasks of reading their lines and creating the different background sounds, such as the carriage pulling up or the tolling bell, that brought the story to life. This production proved to be slightly difficult technically, since two of the actors, Zain Ahmad and Tina Zhu (Mary and Mrs. Lackland), had to perform with the rest of their cast over Zoom, but the process ran fairly smoothly, and the actors did an excellent job portraying their characters through their voices only. Photos courtesy of Yana Hotter
The final play was a French farce written by the great Georges Feydeau, “Caught With His Trance Down.” In this play (the cast was all eighth graders), set in a grand French mansion, Alex Edwards played a servant who makes a habit of hypnotizing his master, Bouriquet (played by Batu Bayazit) to do all his work from him. Trouble arrives when a young lady, Antoinette (Ana Casares), her father Valencourt (Sebastian Stucke) and their servant Max (Lily Gueck) come to visit. My favorite scene is when Bouriquet and his sister Francine (played by Polly Quain) are both hypnotized to act like a chimp and a crazy Spanish dancer. This play was
directed by Miss Karen Fairbank with the help of student director Carter Cashen ‘23. After directing 38 plays over the last 37 years at TJ, Miss Fairbank will surely be missed in the TJ performing arts program. Reflecting on her time directing, she said, “It has been my privilege and joy to start the theatre program at TJ in 1984—after all, I almost went to grad school for theatre instead of law school! I hope that in the future, the many kids I worked with in the drama program will look back at the eighth-grade plays with pride in what they achieved.” She added that she is leaving the program in Mr. Lippert’s capable hands and hopes TJ will soon build a real theatre.
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Princess K By Xine Straka
Sela Roth had a malicious grin on her face as she sat across from me at dinner, plotting the question that would kick off Princess K 2021: “Miss Fairbank, what was Woodstock like?” Well, none of us were prepared to be regaled with a tale that left us wondering—who is Reid, and what happened to him? She did, however, mention the music too, especially waking up on the final morning to Jimi Hendrix playing “The Star Spangled Banner” on electric guitar.
Our investigation of Miss Fairbank’s Woodstock adventures had to wait, however, as we walked in the sunset to the gym, where each of us was handed a little plastic crown and some bubbles, and we headed outside to wave iridescent soapy goo into the air, setting bubbles out across the campus and leaving a trail of multi-colored joy wherever we wandered. Back into the gym for some snacks and some games we went, and as the outside world faded to darkness, we shouted ferocious cries of “SHIELA, SHIELA, SHEILA SHEILA SHEILA!!” at Miss Fairbank, who was not prepared for the seniors’ oddly semantic-driven game (she started off her turn in the legendary
game “G’Day Bruce,” by getting the Bruce line wrong not once, but twice, and later being demoted from Bruce to Shiela to Wallaby and all the way down to *gasp* Mate!). Sela led us in several other get-to-know each other games since some of the seventh and eighth-graders really didn’t know the upperclassmen. Then came karaoke. There is video evidence of me losing my mind over the song “Mr. Brightside,” bobbing my head next to Kyra Hall as my little plastic crown was catapulted from my far-tooshort hair and flew across the room. There is also, perhaps more interesting video evidence of Miss Fairbank in a crowd of girls trying to out-dance Joyce Dai in a Just Dance battle to the song “Ice Cream,” by Selena Gomez. Karaoke moved from Dua Lipa to Coldplay to about four “Hamilton” songs in a row and back again, until Sonora Halili declared it was time to take an “intermission” (saved our ears, though Joyce’s dancing throughout was very impressive), where some very nice beaded bracelets were made and Ania Kmak revealed her braiding skills making friendship bracelets. At 10:00 we headed up to Main for Ted Drewes’ concretes, all specially ordered for each girl. Back in the gym, now in total
darkness except for a glow-stick circle, we gathered on yoga mats around the circle and cracked upon our glow stick bracelets. The younger students delivered touching tributes to all the seniors (and the seniors did the same to each other). This went on until 2:30 a.m. since there were 20 girls, including eight seniors (Miss Fairbank and Mrs. Pieroni spoke as well). The surprise of the evening was a video tribute to Miss Fairbank that the seniors organized, which included messages from several alums (mostly Declaration editors) and clips shot this evening and edited in! Miss Fairbank was teary-eyed at the end. Finally, we settled down to watch “Mama Mia” on the giant screen, but soon, the elders still left in the gym (some went home or to dorms) fell asleep (most of them). But, let’s be honest, little sleeping took place. How could it? Princess K is just too much fun, with too many great people for us to let sleep distract us! Rumor has it the middle school girls were up until 7:00 a.m. running around and talking! Despite Covid and the craziest year we’ve probably ever had, Princess K 2021 was a fantastic success! Let’s just hope no one saved all their homework for the day after Princess K.
By Carson Kizer
An Evening at Prom
I had never been to any sort of prom before, so naturally, I was a bit nervous heading into the TJ Prom on May 1. My fears turned out to be misplaced, however, because the event itself turned out to be a lot of fun. Organized and run by its own dedicated committee (consisting of Dr. Beth Human and graduating seniors Allison OverKamp and Caitlyn Collins) and held outdoors in the pavilion starting at 4:00 p.m., Prom featured many highlights including a murder mystery for students to solve, TJ trivia, and several hours of just dancing into the night.
After the students arrived, Dr. Human announced some serious news to us all: mere moments ago, the body of Head of School Dr. Troutman was found cold as ice next to the statue of Pan in the middle of the circle driveway! Someone played a role in his untimely demise, but alas, we didn’t know who it was. However, each of the students had “seen” something during that afternoon, and we had to read off of scraps of paper to share our information with the group (and to everyone’s complete surprise, Dr. T showed up alive and well during the discussion to watch us figure out the identity of his killer). With sophomore Carter Cashen, our modern-day Sherlock Holmes, heading
the deliberations, we narrowed it down to just a few suspects: the Prom Committee, Mr. Roth, or Miss Fairbank. After much consideration of the available evidence, the students concluded that, in fact, the Prom Committee had murdered the head of school. Almost immediately following the murder mystery, everyone participated in a game of Kahoot! that centered on TJ trivia. The goal was to correctly answer as many questions about TJ as possible, and the one with the most correct answers won a $50 gift card. Unfortunately, I sat too far away from the display screen to read the questions properly and my knowledge
of TJ history was lacking. Despite these disadvantages, I fluked my way to the top five at one point based on random guesses alone, but the law of averages eventually bumped me down to a humble finish at
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18th or 19th place out of about 30 participants. Ultimately, the grand prize went to senior Sonora Halili who certainly knew her TJ trivia well.
With the two main events of the evening concluded, we spent the rest of Prom just hanging out and dancing to a number of musical selections, some personally hand-picked by junior Ciaran Santiago. I and hopefully everyone else who attended the event had a lot of fun, and a round of thanks is certainly due to the Prom Committee for organizing it. If you didn’t attend this unique event, I would strongly recommend coming next year!
Senior Night Under the Stars By Carson Kizer and Xine Straka
Between the rumbling concrete of Lindbergh Boulevard and the serene, Tudor-style architecture of Main, spread out on grass beneath an expanse of wide-brimmed trees amidst the soft, sherbet-orange dusk, Senior Night 2021 started with a nice breeze. Spread out on blankets and perched in lawn chairs, or just plopped on the grass like myself, the crowd was buzzing with anticipation of the “Last Fairbanking.” It was a miracle that Senior night was happening at all, Mr. Roth pointed out as he kicked off his role as Master of Ceremonies with a couple below-the-belt insults and somewhat-cheesy one-liners. But it was a miracle worth witnessing.
Mr. Roth asked me to keep a running tally of how many insults he would hit Miss Fairbank with, and though the Bald Old Man™ perhaps overestimated the exact number of age-related insults (he only reached 11 before the night’s end), it was perhaps the only normal thing to be expected from 2021’s Senior Night. With a stellar three insults of Miss Fairbank’s age before the first Senior speech, Mr. Roth proved he did, in fact, have some zingers for us. However, the lofty English teacher was nothing in comparison to the nagging of Isabella Huang brought forth by Mr. Smith or the “Last Fairbanking” of Ethan Chamberlin. Opening with a well-staged phone call about Carl the Second’s missing homework, Miss Fairbank revealed that she was here to play. From having the middle schoolers Lily Gueck
and Greta Stucke fight in cosplay for our entertainment to singing a lovely rendition of “Country Roads” to even remaking the Declaration T-Shirt (WWCCD) when she roasted our own Cynthia Chong, the Last Fairbanking did not disappoint! Mrs. Pieroni tugged on our heartstrings with tales of Caitlyn Collins and cracked us up with old roasts from the Roast Queen herself, Phoebe Sun. Mr. Pesek was shocked by how loud the microphone was and equally shocked about how loud a laugh his joke about Ding Ding’s absence got. Mrs. Audet pulled out a ukulele to serenade the crowd with a tune that’s still stuck in my head about the legendary Stephen Wu. Dr. Troutman completed all four of his goals to send Sonora Halili on an emotional roller
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coaster. Mr. Roth embarrassed his daughter with discussion of a “certain gentleman from Blue house” and complained about his lost T-Shirt now belonging to David Zhang. Mrs. Roth broke Kyra Hall’s (my cool aunt) heart with a plaque telling her that the world was her canvas. Dr. Human bemoaned Allison Overkamp’s niceness (“It’s DISGUSTING”), and we all got to see in person for the first time in a long time both the Legendary and Elusive Drew Schmiemeier and the equally legendary Luca Pritchett. And even though the seniors lost by a narrow margin in the Staff vs. Student volleyball game (much to the chagrin of hecklers Liam and Jonathan), Senior Night 2021 was a miracle, a success in itself!
By Carter Cashen
Cabaret: A Night to Remember
Despite the untraditional circumstances, the Student Activities Committee (SAC) and performers did a stellar job pulling off this year’s Cabaret #11, Starry Night on Saturday, April 17. After weeks of preparation, SAC members got to TJ at 3:00 p.m. on the day of the show to complete the setup. Luminary bags with star-shaped cutouts had mini-votive (with battery operated lights inside) were placed inside the gym and Main and along the pathways to the gym and the pavilion. Toby and Clayton hung lights around the Pavilion and fairy lights adorned the trees. Once the sun went down, all of campus lit up with a warm and magical glow. In fact, we’re keeping the lights up through graduation (minus the luminaries!). Due to social distancing regulations, SAC set up Cabaret to focus on three locations. As in years past, the Common Room of Main was transformed into a wonderful performance space (minus the stage) with colorful lights and musical instruments. However, unlike in previous years, the only people allowed in Main to watch the performances in person were the performers themselves, a handful of SAC crew members, and some tech people to manage the livestreaming and sound system. I must admit that when I first saw that the plan called for such a small audience
in person, I was worried that the normal high energy Cabaret atmosphere would be lost, but thankfully, I was entirely wrong. Performers exuberantly cheered on other performers, and dare I say–it almost felt normal. Since the rest of the audience of parents, students and staff who attended in person couldn’t be in Main, they had to choose between either watching the livestream on a large projector screen set up near the colonnade of the Pavillion or watching in the gym. Many audience members commented that this setup was much more comfortable than the normal way of packing everyone into Main. One of the newest additions to Cabaret this year was the livestream. In addition to the estimated 100 people who watched Cabaret on campus this year, over 250
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people from all around the world watched it remotely. Members of the new art class, Music Ensemble, led by faculty member Mr. Benjamin Smith put on a series of wonderful musical performances with a combination of vocals, piano, guitars, and a new instrument at Cabaret, drums. A special shout out to the seniors who performed! Marissa, Sela, Sonora, and Kyra all sang beautifully; Ethan pulled off a very impressive two songs (each spectacular) and a reading with his advisor, Cabaret leader, Miss Karen Fairbank, and Sela and Sonora performed a hysterically funny stand up comedy routine. It was truly an impressive spectacular show! Kudos to Directors, Marissa Panethieire and Nathalie Guillossou for their hard work.
Page 8 By Elizabeth Human
Dr. Human’s Farewell
My time at Thomas Jefferson School (or, as I call it in my head, The Thomas Jefferson School for Mildly Peculiar Children and Adults) has been formative, and not only because Mrs. Roth and Dr. Troutman spend professional development days circling the room with cattle prods and air horns, encouraging us to grow and develop as teachers and leaders. Like so many students who have passed through these halls, TJ has been a home to me. Not, of course, in the literal sense, although some late-night duties left me wishing that I could curl up on campus instead of driving home, but in the sense that it is a place that gets me, where my sort of people congregate. This may come as a shock to you, but I was a rather … odd … child, and my propensity to investigate the roots of words and willfully misinterpret people’s dangling modifiers for comic effect is not one that has met with universal approbation. But at TJ, you all seemed to — well, if not like it, at least find it tolerable. I want to come up with one mo-
ment, frozen in amber, that encapsulates my TJ experience, that perfect anecdote that will show intellectual engagement, humor, brilliant children, great discussion — but I can’t. It’s not that those things weren’t present — they certainly were — but the problem is that there have been so many that I didn’t bother to stockpile them in the storehouse of my memory. So all I’ve got is a pastiche of moments, most of them somehow sundrenched and beautiful, of those times when everything went right in the classroom and life was perfect. Actually, I lied. I do have an anecdote. I’m not sure what it proves, but it somehow catches up all of the things I love about TJ. Imagine, if you will, endof-year exams. The seventh graders have chosen characters from various books they have read that year, and their task is to come to the exam in character and answer all of the questions I put to them — on Brexit, on celebrity gossip, on nuclear disarmament — as if they were actually that character. Enter Carter Cashen, stage left, as Dido, Queen of Carthage. What ensued was possibly the most taxing
hour of my life as I strove to keep from falling out of my chair laughing. I can say with confidence that it is the only exam I have participated in, as a teacher or as a student, where I ended the experience with a strained abdominal muscle. It wasn’t that he knew things, though he certainly did, but he was able to take his knowledge and use it in ways Virgil certainly never intended, which might, in some ways, be the point of a TJ education.
Phil’s Creature Feature: Humphead Wrasse
By Phil Nye
Cheilinus Undulatus or the more common name, Humphead wrasse, is one of many fish affected by the aquarium trade which creates detrimental effects for coral reefs across the globe. The Humphead Wrasse is an extremely sought-after fish for aquariums, not only for its great size—growing up to six feet—but also its deep coloring, which means more and more are being
removed from the oceans, leaving the wild population in shambles. In the wild, the Humphead Wrasse eats many common pests in reef environments, such as Crown-of-thorn starfish, and without them, the coral-eating starfish are left to freely populate, ruining entire reefs, which subsequently hurts hundreds of other species as well. Humphead Wrasses are not only at risk by the aquarium industry but also in the culinary world. This fish has become a delicacy in many luxury restaurants across Southeast Asia which means even more animals are being fished from the ocean. The Humphead Wrasse has the incredibly useful ability to change sex at will, but despite this ability, the populaPhotos courtesy of Traffic.org
tion has been on a massive decline, and in 2004, the Humphead Wrasse was placed on the endangered species list. Many organizations have been fighting against the collection of these massive fish, as well as releasing them back into the wild through buyback programs. The Humphead Wrasse is just one of many marine creatures affected by the aquarium and culinary industries. To fight back against these greed-stricken companies, I would urge that you not to buy captive-bred fish for aquariums, but to also avoid wild-caught fish, as taking anything from the wild is, in the long run, not sustainable, and will inevitably cause great damage to our planet’s ecosystem.
By Brian Nanton
Intro to Anime: Anime 101 (semi-satirical)
So, you want to get into or just learn more about anime? That same medium or genre of animation that many of your friends get into, yet you might not understand the appeal? Well, put on your glasses and take out your least favorite notebook because it’s time for me to teach you exactly what the appeal of this Japanese animation is that awes and horrifies viewers. Anime is hand-drawn or computer animation which originates from Japan. Simple right? Well… you are right. The main difference between Japanese vs. more Western animation is that Western animation focuses more on the movements of characters, whereas anime focuses more on the setting of a scene and camera effects such as zooming, panning, and angle shots. In a sense, it’s the more refined version of you having that one friend who tells you to get their “good side,” but an hour later, you still haven’t found it.
Except with anime, and most animation in general, the plot, facial expressions, actions, and movements are all storyboarded (this is like planning out the lines, scenes, and acts in a play but with rough pictures), planned out, and end up with “good sides.” These storyboards are then handed off to key animators who add more detail
to these storyboards, which are then animated using computer software (most of the time). There is a much longer process than what I’m saying now, but we’ll leave it at that. Now, anime works on a very similar schedule, just like many other television shows. Anime have seasons and episodes just like all the shows you
stay up until 5:00 a.m. binge-watching on Netflix or some other streaming service. Also, just like with your favorite ongoing shows, episodes come out weekly for new airing animes. But how do you know precisely what animes are new or have a new season? Well, guess what? Like many other new or ongoing TV shows, most new anime releases are scheduled based Photos courtesy of Deviant Art
on seasons, so Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter if you haven’t yet learned your seasons by now. A plethora of new anime shows come out around the beginning of every season, which on average, go for about 13 episodes/weeks. Now, if I’ve somehow actually managed to convince you to watch anime, and you’re thinking, “Where do I start?!” Well, you’ve probably already started. Studio Ghibli came out with movies that boomed with popularity in the U.S, like Howl’s moving castle, “Spirited Away,” and “My Neighbor Totaro”. Even Pokemon, something I’m guessing most people have watched, is an anime. You can find many good anime titles on Netflix if you don’t want to go out of your comfort zone of streaming services, but if you do, Crunchyroll and Funimation are dedicated anime streaming services. Some of my starting recommendations would include watching “Deathnote” (murder mystery-esque), “Cowboy Bebop” (scifi), “Attack on Titan” (post-apocalyptic almost), “Konosuba” (comedy), or any Studio Ghibli film. There. Now, you know about anime. You’re welcome.
“Wait Until Dark:” How to Suspend Disbelief By Carson Kizer Few films can make the heart beat thunderously like a well-executed thriller. Many thrillers start off slowly, but the greatest ones build up in mighty crescendos to nail-biting climaxes. Even if such films feature illogical plot points or nonsensical character actions—and many thrillers do feature them—the sheer intensity of the story as a whole might be enough for us to temporarily suspend our disbelief and applaud when the credits start rolling. “Wait Until Dark” (1967) is one of those successful thrillers. At first glance, the movie’s premise seems rather basic: Three dangerous criminals search for bags of heroin stashed inside an old-fashioned doll that has found its way into the house of professional photographer Sam Hendrix. While Sam is away for work, the three play an elaborate con game to gain the trust of his wife, Susy, attempting to persuade her to divulge the doll’s location. However, there is an exciting catch: Susy is completely blind, which, in theory, should make the criminals’ efforts far less taxing. In practice, however, several aspects of their master plan go awry, so they are eventually forced to take more desperate measures to obtain the doll, and Susy takes more desperate measures to defend herself. When one looks at the film as a whole, the plot does seem nonsensical. Why must the criminals go on playing a long con, assuming various roles and adopting different accents, when they could take more practical measures such as threats to get what they want? Unfortunately, there is no logical answer: it is just a movie. There are a few more plot holes to be found within the film, but they will not be mentioned to keep the spoiler count at a minimum. However, as mentioned before, the film’s gripping intensity makes us temporarily forget those contrivances. It does many things right. One of its positives is the acting. Audrey Hepburn, who plays Susy, delivers
an emotional performance that perfectly matches the dramatically escalating story in the film. Susy is sweet and a bit gullible at the start of the movie, but as the film progresses and the stakes grow larger, her pleasant demeanor fades away to sheer terror, and Hepburn makes the change seem effortless. “Wait Until Dark’s” climax would not be nearly as powerful without her acting ability. The three criminals deliver fine performances as well. Richard Crenna portrays Mike Talman, a suave and even sympathetic con artist. Jack Weston plays Carlino, a brute straight out of a mob film, and Alan Arkin nearly steals the show: he portrays Roat, the eccentric and ultimately sadistic mastermind behind the scheme. These singular performances truly stand out because “Wait Until Dark” feels like a play (and indeed, it was adapted from Fredrick Knott’s 1966 play of the same name), set in just one location throughout the entire film. The protagonist is not embarking on dangerous travels or moving from place to place. In fact, nearly the whole story takes place in Susy’s small apartment, and it centers around only a handful of characters. The film’s success depends on the actors and the interactions between them. The second aspect that works in the movie’s favor is the gimmick: Susy’s blindness. While it sometimes feels a little too “gimmicky,” her condition allows for very intriguing plot points and concepts.
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For example, if she shuts off the apartment lights, she gains an advantage over the criminals due to her much greater familiarity with the house; on the other hand, Roat and Talman need not disguise themselves at all, so they could easily pose as some of Sam’s old friends to gain Susy’s trust. The film essentially extracts everything it can from its central gimmick, which adds an interesting twist to the typical thriller flick and a hint of danger—the odds feel even more overwhelmingly stacked against the protagonist, thus elevating the climax even further. The third factor that plays into “Wait Until Dark’s” success is the climax itself, consisting of nearly twenty minutes of nonstop intensity, with heart-pounding music by Henry Mancini. Director Terrence Young executes the climax brilliantly. The typical plot holes are quickly forgotten when the film keeps one’s heart racing. It also features a “jump-scare,” one of the oldest I have seen in a film. “Wait Until Dark” is a textbook thriller with an exciting twist. It has its share of contrivances and inconsistencies, but the actors’ performances, the escalation of the conflict, and the dramatic climax do more than enough to suspend the audience’s disbelief. If you have a penchant for thrillers or simply wish to be thoroughly entertained for an hour and a half, “Wait Until Dark” is a film I would certainly recommend to you.
Book Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
By Ana Casares
“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson is a multiple award-winning book about a girl named Melinda, who is a freshman in high school. She feels like an outcast, and she has a hard time talking about an incident at a party over the summer. Through this book, she learns how speaking up can change things for the better. At the beginning of her freshman year after going to a party, Melinda sees that she has been dumped by all of her friends. As the reader, it’s not hard to guess what happened at the party, but everyone in Melinda’s life is unaware of what happened to her that night. As readers, we are the only people Melinda communicates with, but even with us she holds back and doesn’t let herself become vulnerable. “When people
don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.” “Speak” is a book about empowerment, and it shows that there is a time when you should be quiet but there is also a time when you should speak out. This book is not only about a modern teen issue, but it’s a reproduction of the teen voice. Anderson captures the high school experience and what it feels like to be an outcast. After reading the book I watched the movie, and I think the movie really captured the emotion and tone of this book. Melinda is played by Kristen Stewart, who does a great job showing the emotion and pain of the character. I definitely recommend both the book and movie, and I think both have an important
message that everyone should hear. Both perfectly capture how it feels to be scared of vulnerability and feeling left out or misunderstood.
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Response to College Column April Fool’s Joke By Cynthia Chong Rumor has it that several parents and even TJ administrators were asking if, or outright assuming, that my article from the April issue about Harvard admissions adopting a lottery system was true. I hope those who believed that story now know that such a methodology does not exist: I made it up in honor of The Declaration’s April Fools’ issue. Though at first I was flattered that I was able to “fool” a few readers, I realized, upon further reflection, that the lottery system, in some ways, is not a joke in today’s admissions practices. With holistic admissions, where colleges take into consideration every aspect of you as a person (including personality, extracurriculars, socioeconomic status, background, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, etc.), there’s no way anyone could know how they got into a specific school. Ask any senior how or why they got into their colleges, and they’d probably reply, “I’d like to know the same thing.” In fact, this year’s admissions round has resembled winning the lottery: with a sharp increase in the number of
applicants, how were colleges even able to determine who gets in? So many applicants have the same stats (GPA and test scores), comparable extracurriculars, and great personalities. But, as the institutions themselves always say, they have significantly more qualified applicants than spots available in the incoming class. Nevertheless, they must make a decision. So, among the vast sea of smart, capable candidates, which students will receive an admission offer and why? Admissions officers might as well start throwing harpoons into this sea and admit students like that! Many high-school seniors are aware of this problem. They participate in unique extracurriculars or win prestigious awards to “stand out.” They overload themselves with challenging APs to show that they are “qualified.” They apply to 20+ schools, using a method called “shotgunning” in hopes of increasing their chances of admission. And more applications being sent out per student means colleges are overwhelmed by more and more applicants each year (and thus selectivity
increases). And the cycle repeats. And yet what they don’t know is that sometimes, decisions aren’t based on how stellar your grades are, how well-written your essays are, how special your summer job was; they’re based on the institution’s priorities (I have a previous article about this, so feel free to read more more about institutional priorities there!). Again, let’s just pray that your profile matches whatever type of student your top-choice school is looking for the year you apply. I recognize that I’m being quite pessimistic and that there are actually many benefits to the current practice of holistic admissions. But when it becomes as unpredictable as a lottery system, I wonder if it should still be called “college admissions.” When several people believe an April Fools’ story about Havard, one of America’s best colleges, utilizing a lottery system to pick admits, you know there’s something wrong with the college admissions process.
Recipe: Cream Puffs (Pate a Choux) By Greta Stucke The recipe is hard to make but the effort is worth it. These puffs will prove to be delicious, especially if you pair them with tea and jam. You can prepare these for any kind of situation, and they are perfect for spring. Although this is not advised, they are also great to throw at people. Enjoy these cream puffs that are sure to bring a sparkle to your spring! Preheat the oven to 400F or 200C
Pastry Dough: 7. Ingredients• 1 cup of water • ½ stick of unsalted butter, make sure it’s cut into eight pieces • ¼ teaspoon of salt • 1 cup of all purpose flour • 4 large eggs at room temperature • Powdered sugar for topping of baked puffs (you won’t need this in the dough but it will be good for sprinkling over the puffs) InstructionsPreheat the oven to 400F or 200C. Line a large baking sheet (or two smaller ones) with parchment paper. Take out all of the ingredients you will need.
and stir until it has cooled down. It must be cool before adding eggs. Next, add the eggs one at a time (stirring well) until the mixture becomes velvety. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag (or a ziploc bag with a small cut on the corner) and pipe small mounds two inches apart onto the prepared baking pan. Put this pan into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the puffs look like a light golden brown. Remove the puffs from the oven and use a knife to cut a hole/or cut onto the bottom of the puffs or slice in half. Allow the puffs to cool completely (this is very important).
Cream Filling Ingredients• 1 cup whole milk • 1 cup of heavy cream • ⅓ and 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch • 4 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter cut up • 5 egg yolks at room temperature Instructions-
1. Combine the butter, water, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. 2. Once this mixture is boiling add the flour and turn the heat down to low. Stir this mixture continuously with a spoon or spatula until the mixture turns into a ball that pulls away from the side of the pot. 3. Remove the dough mixture from heat
1. Combine the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and the salt in a medium sized saucepan. Place on the stovetop over medium heat and stir frequently until the sugar is dissolved and mixture is simmering, Allow this to cool completely or for at least 10 minutes. 2. In a separate large bowl whisk together the tablespoons of sugar and the
egg yolks. Whisk aggressively for 15 seconds or until the sugar is dissolved. Sprinkle cornstarch over the sugar and egg mixture and then whisk the mixture until it’s completely combined thickened. Once your cream mixture has completely cooled, drizzle around a ⅓ cup of this mixture slowly over the egg mixture while continuously whisking it. Continue doing this until you run out of the cream mixture. Pour this mixture into the saucepan and return it to the stovetop over medium heat. Whisk frequently until it has thickened. Remove the mixture from heat and pour it through a mesh strainer into a bowl (heatproof). Whisk in the butter, one piece at a time until it is completely combined. Next add in your vanilla extract. Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap and allow it to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes or until it is at room temperature. After the cream has cooled move it to the refrigerator for at least 2-4 hours. While the cream is cooling, prepare your pastry (up above).
Now it’s time to combine filling and pastry: -To fill the puffs with cream insert the bag and squeeze enough cream to fill the hole (of put on the bottom half). Keep refrigerated until you serve. You can bring just to room temp. -You can choose to dust the top of each puff with powdered sugar if you would like. Enjoy!
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ACROSS 65.Snake-like Water Creature 1.Isn’t it ______ 66.On and on. 7.Hospitality Company 67.European Medicine Agency 10.____ Beats (Acronym) 14.Great Esteem 68.Poetic Analysis 19.Guyanese Currency (Acronym) 69.Unsatisfactory 20.I wanna _______ you (2 words) 70.Forcefully Move Residence 21.Timespan 71._____ Ali (Indonesian Football 22.Tyler the Creator Album Player) 23.Feminine Part of a Man 73.Consume 24.Communism Word 74.Sweet 25.Not a Vegetable or Mineral 75.Seventy-Eight Across Synonym 26.Long Book (3 words) 78.Seventy-Five Across Synonym 30.Notre Dame des Victoires (Acro- 80.Tangerine nym) 81.Bright Blue 31.As well as 82.Magic-wielding Undead Creature 32.Shiny Rock 83.They Have Layers 33.Simon’s co-artist 85.Intelligence 34.French Loans 86.Four-measure Verse 35.Foot finger 87.Exercise Repetitions 36.Angelou, Rudolph or Moore 88.One who lists 37.Soapy Bubbles 89.Lover 39.Special Agent ___ (Kids TV Show) 90.Spiritual Buddhist Teacher 40.Slang for Illegal U-Turns 91.Will Be Changed Later 41.Caveman Noises 92.Highest Order (2 Words) 42.Fried Indian Snack 93.Mysterious and Puzzling 43.Marked by Repetition 94.Absences of Enthusiasm 46.Students’ Guardians Meeting 96.Distinction of Sense 47.Segment of Play 97.Lifespan Amount 48.Inspiring Happiness 98.A Female Deer (3 Words) 49.Online Authors 99.Brand of Case-Gard 54.Farmer’s Blade 100.Ernie’s Pal 55.Iconic Konami Game 101.Wine Color 57.Easy-to-spot Constellation 102.Temmie Currency 58.Kidnapper’s Vehicle 103.They Check Bags (Acronym) 59.Scent 104.Overwhelming Data (Acronym) 60.Go with the crowd 105.Spanish Address 61.Animal Doctor 106.Companies (Shortening) 62.Pleads 63.Young Fellow DOWN 64.Famous Indie Pixel Platformer 1.One of the Woredas
2.One of the members of Hermitcraft 52.Indian Improv Style 3.Common Pizza Topping 53.Sneakers and Stuff (Acronym) 4.Ancient Math Game 54.When You Buy Cheap 5.International Korean Adoptee Associations 55.Study Hard and Fast (Acronym) 56.Speak like this he does 6.Prisoner Pal 57.To Be Turned In Late 7.Don’t Care 60.Common Pharmacy (Acronym) 8.Famous Male Diary Writer 62.Insect with a Shell and Wings 9.Horse Hairdos 63.Online Safe Space (Acronym) 10.___ Tyler (Celebrity) 64.Big Bin 11.Energy Corporation 65.Loud Car Noises 12.Since Synonym 66.Teal Unicorn from My Little Pony 13.Rage 67.Timespan 14.Proton, Neutron or Meson 68.Overwhelming Data (Acronym) 15.I’m _____ (2 words) 69.Paper or Plastic 16.Industrial Rock Band from Cleveland 70.Eaten 17.Holy Crap! 71.Bird’s Napping Spot 18.Russia’s Greatest Love Machine 72.We’re at the hotel, motel, Holiday ____ 19.Sticky and Viscous 73.Diary Logs 20.Portable Homes 74.Old South-American Pyramids 21.Opposite of Wets 75.Has Better Comebacks 26.Happy Birthday ______ (2 words) 76.Has a Tip 27.Large Flightless Bird 77.Violent Pushes 28.Space Agency (Acronym) 78.Light-weight Cannon 29.Yummy Snack 79.Main Character in Infinity Train 31.___ I am 80.Has Excellent Muscles 36.Egyptian Viper 81.Has a Score 37.Me Too 82._______. Is Too. (2 words) 38.How James Bond doesn’t like his drinks 83.Popular Irish Streamer 39.Not “com” or “net” 84.Explodes With Lava 42.Cold Jewish Soup 85.Semi-Aquatic Singing Creature 43.Wall Recess 86.Sea Oak used in Japanese Cooking 44.Glassy Coating 87.Ancient Egyptian Goddess 45.Botanical Circular Cross-Section 88.Building Block 46.Expert 89.Anti-Aging Skin Care (Acronym) 47.Money Machine (Acronym) 90.Scottish Small Quantity 48.Irregular Atom 91.Object 49.Recent Popular Rhythm Game (Acro92.Italian River nym) 93.____ Who I Am (2 words) 50.Weighs the same as a duck 94.Yell of Fear 51.At Any and All Times 95.___ Max (Acronym)
Mega Rep: Seniors Recap The following seniors have been at TJ for six years and attended the full season of The Rep for four years and fewer plays for the fifth. The Rep schedule was canceled due to Covid during the students’ senior year. We asked them to comment on their favorite and least favorite plays from their five years of play-going. Sela: Favorite: “Angel Street” (“Gaslight”)— This show had the coolest set! It was multi-storied with material in front of every room in the house to make the attic and above levels fade in transparency. I remember it being well written and easy to follow along. Honorable Mentions: “Peter and the Starcatcher”—I’m not sure any play has made me laugh harder (maybe “Noises Off”); “Follies”—so fun! Least Favorite: “Hamlet”—boring. Cynthia: Favorite: “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley”—I love Jane Austen, and this play had the best Christmas vibes. It was like Jane Austen fanfiction, but better because The Rep brought it to life! Honorable Mentions: “The Play That Goes Wrong”—Super funny and fast-paced, kept you on the edge of your seat guessing what would go wrong next! The props used to make things “go wrong” were so entertaining and amazing. Least Favorites: “Hamlet”—Super long! Couldn’t sit through all four hours of it; “The Lion in Winter”—Unmemorable. Couldn’t tell you what it was about; “Pride and Prejudice”— Not a fan of the weird music and dancing . . . nope!
Drew: Favorites (in order): “Angel Street” (“Gaslight”)—well produced, good plot, good acting; “The Humans”—good acting; “Follies”—well produced, nice musical numbers. Least favorites (also in order): “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime”—I just didn’t like it; “Hamlet”— boring and incomprehensible; “Pride and Prejudice”—bad adaptation, bad production.
Ethan: Favorite: “To Kill a Mockingbird”—The actors did an amazing job, and the set was simple, yet perfect for the production. (I’m pretty sure it’s also the one we got to see behind the scenes and that was pretty cool too.) Honorable Mentions: “The Play That Went Wrong,” “Million-Dollar Quartet,” and “Born Yesterday.” Least favorite: “Hamlet”—I think we can all agree that “Hamlet” was a bit too . . . ambitious for its own good. And not “ambitious” as in making new and creative changes. (Also, if I remember correctly, a lot of the characters sort of sounded dead inside. I don’t know if anyone else thinks that though.)
Senior Superlatives Most likely to be on reality TV: Kyra Hall
Most likely to become a helicopter/ tiger parent: Stephen Wu
Most changed since first came to TJ: David Zhang
Most likely to win a Nobel prize: Isabella Huang
Most likely to date a celebrity: Luca Pritchett
Most likely to become the president of some country: Cynthia Chong
Most likely to win an Emmy/ Grammy/Oscar/Tony (in any category): Allison OverKamp
Most likely to write a best-selling novel: Drew Schmiemeier
Most likely to become a professional athlete: Peyton Franks Most likely to return to TJ and become the dictator of the school: Phoebe Sun Best person to be stranded with on a deserted island: Ding Ding Most likely to travel the world: Caitlyn Collins Most likely to be the first to marry/find the love of their life: Sonora Halili Most likely to return to TJ as a faculty member: Sela Roth
Most likely to make the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List: Tom Li Most likely to become a TikTok star: Marissa Panethiere Most likely to break a world record: Ethan Chamberlin Most likely to drop out of college and become the next Mark Zuckerberg: Chris Angel
Chris Angel: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Chris Angel: Cal-State Northridge. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? CA: Mr. Roth, I think he would just be interesting to talk to. English class was always a good discussion, and I imagine it would be good to have a nice discussion stranded on an island. I’ll skip on the book. Books are for the weak.
Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? CA: Do the homework. All of the homework. Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? CA: Owen Wilson, but specifically as
Lightning McQueen. I don’t really do the significant other thing. Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) CA: No. Dec: Most embarrassing moment CA: I obviously never have any embarrassing moments. Wait, actually, at the eighth grade play when I was late to come onstage, but I guess I wasn’t as embarrassed as the other people on stage. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. CA: I think everyone knows that I play video games.
Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? CA: Yellow 1. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? CA: Probably something regarding math or physics, I just find it more enjoyable than reading a book.
Dec: Any last words? CA:. Kachow.
Ethan Chamberlin: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Senior: Ethan Chamberlin: I’m going to DePauw University: I’m undecided in what I want to do, but I will be involved in some form of the theater program hopefully. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? EC: Mr.Pesek: he’s fit and entertaining. I would bring the encyclopedia; Not to look up knowledge of plants and such but to have a word of the day every day.
GNOMES.” Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? EC: Do not watch YouTube before doing homework, you will procrastinate… Be as nice as possible, and you will end up getting less demerits.
Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) EC: I’d leave my good looks to Addox Overkamp: my gaming skills with Brian: my legacy to the squirrels: my dreams to Jonathan Teagan. Dec: Most embarrassing moment EC: I had to go to the bathroom and start singing “Don’t Mine at Night” right after I got out of an exam in seventh grade. Teacher comes to the bathroom and tells me to stop, “You are interrupting the exam.”
Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? EC: NOT BLUE! I had good experiences at both Red and White dorms, but I’ll have to go with Red because Hong Ding was in Red when I was in Red. He was very interesting and funny. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? EC: I would choose theater, but I don’t want to put Mr.Lippert out of a job. Maybe I would choose “HOW SURVIVE GARDEN
Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? EC: Monty Python, I know it’s not a specific person but….
Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. EC: “Not really any good answers.” Dec: Any last words? EC: DON’T TRUST THE GNOMES!! Photo courtesy of Spoonful of Sugar Photography
Caitlyn Collins: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Caitlyn Collins: Central Methodist University. I plan to double major in psychology and either biology or marine biology. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? CC: Mr. Pesek would be the best at survival, and a hollowed out book with Hot Cheetos in it. Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? CC: Grey Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? CC: Biology because I like it. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? CC: Try to spend all the time you can at school.
you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? CC: Dixie D’Amelio and Noah Beck. Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) CC: Lily Gueck. She is super sweet, and I hope that she has so much fun while she is at TJ! Dec: Most embarrassing moment CC: First day. Eighthh Grade. Volleyball knee pads. “U by Kotex” Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. CC: Gymnastics Dec: Any last words? CC: Take Italian, not French. No offense, Mr. Smith.
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Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray
Cynthia Chong: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Cynthia Chong: Washington University in St. Louis; I plan to major in marketing, strategic & organizational management, and/or communication design… lots of options! Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? CC: A survival handbook that includes how to somehow escape from a deserted island. I’d bring Mr. Roth because he’s tall and can reach the coconuts. And also he has lines of poetry and books memorized so that means I don’t even need to bring physical books.
no longer exists at TJ due to the coronavirus. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? CC: Take your responsibilities seriously, but learn how to say no. Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray
you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? CC: Lauren Tsai would play me, and Godfrey Gao for my SO (if only he were still alive, rip). Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others.) CC: I leave Carter Cashen all my publications. Please take good care of them. Dec: Most embarrassing moment CC: Crying over a dead pig’s juices in freshman biology. Not a good look. I’m still scarred from it.
Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? CC: Gray 3 babes!
Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. CC: I volunteered at a Christian summer camp despite not being Christian at all—it was an interesting time singing Jesus songs.
Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? CC: How to stay in dress code. But I’d probably be fired very soon, as dress code
Dec: Any last words? CC: Don’t create unnecessary drama for yourself—the people around you and, most importantly, yourself will thank you.
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Ding Ding: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Ding Ding: I will attend University College London. My plan is to earn a degree in Medical Science and travel around Europe with my family and friends. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? DD: Mrs. Pieroni and Wikipedia. She knows animals and biology well.
you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? DD: “101 Dalmatians” Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) DD: Landy, you can have my microwave since you almost blew it up twice. Dec: Most embarrassing moment DD: Cannot recall. Dec: Any last words? DD:. Bye!
Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? DD: Gables! Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? DD:Chinese. That’s something that I’m most capable of doing. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? DD: Enjoy Reps that you like.
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Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray
Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Peyton Franks: Bradley University; I’ll be studying statistics and data science. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? PF:I’d bring the Minecraft Survival Handbook and I’d probably bring Mr. Smith so he can play the guitar and sing songs while we’re on the island. Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? PF:Yellow. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? PF:Probably APUSH or any other history class because they’d be the easiest ones to teach and study. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ
students? PF: Get used study books. They may have notes in them to help you with understanding the material.
Dec: Any last words? PF:Remember the Kool-Aid.
Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? PF:Will Smith and Margot Robbie Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) PF: I leave everything to Garrett just because he’s my brother. Dec: Most embarrassing moment PF: On the 2019 school trip, I took up a dare to wear a swim bra. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. PF:I’ve been in a track club since freshman year.
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Kyra Hall: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Kyra Hall: Florida International University. I want to major in Biology with a concentration in Zoology and minor in Studio Art. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? KH: I would bring Mrs.Pieroni because she is knowledgeable about wildlife and I would probably bring a book about survival skills. Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? KH: Grey. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? KH: I would either teach Biology or an art class because that is what I enjoy the most. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? KH: Turn in your homework even if you think it’s wrong and don’t worry about
what other students think of you because the only opinion that matters is your own.
So I will say being a dog handler, which is a person who shows dogs in a dog show.
Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? KH: I would star as myself because I would not like someone else to portray me, and Johnny Depp or Ruby Rose would portray my significant other.
Dec: Any last words? KH:I’m glad that I spent the last two years of my high school career at TJ, and if I could do everything all over again I wish I could have started in ninth grade.
Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) KH: Xine, because we are strikingly similar. Dec: Most embarrassing moment KH: Sophomore year while singing at a choir concert a fly flew into my mouth and I had to wait until after the song to spit it out and wash out my mouth… it was terrible. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. KH: There aren’t any activities that I do often, that people don’t also know about.
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Isabella Huang: Declaration:Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Isabella Huang: I’m going to Bowdoin College and I’m probably going to major in English and Art. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? IH: I’d bring Mr. Roth because he’d be able to reach all the coconuts and maybe use his head to start a fire or whatever, and any thick book that you can burn.
students? IH: SLEEP, and take care of your hair so that you don’t go bald. (*Mr. Pesek—in background: Hey now!) Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? IH: I don’t know. This is a weird question.
Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? IH: Probably yellow because it’s less walking.
Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) IH: I left my remaining amount of hair to Landy, because I feel like she would need it in her senior year, and I wish she could take care of herself more. Dec: Most embarrassing moment IH: We went on a school trip to the Galapagos, and I really needed to pee, but I couldn’t pee in the ocean, and everyone around me was cheering me on and saying, “you can do this, Isabella!” but I couldn’t pee in the ocean. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. IH: I write a lot of fan fiction.
Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? IH: English Lit. I am a future English major after all.
Dec: Any last words? IH: I’m so glad I’m finally out of here. It’s been five years, but I live here, so it feels like 10.
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Sonora Halili: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Sonora Halili: I am planning to attend Smith College in MA, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Digital Art.
SH: High school is not just a trampoline to college, so try living in the moment as much as you can. Don’t base everything you do on what would impress colleges; rather try having fun while you find yourself.
Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? SH: I’d bring Mrs. Roth and her yellow book, “The Road Back To You,” so that we could draft our own essay “When the Enneagram Meets Zodiac Signs.”
Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? SH: Chandler and Monica from “Friends”. (I know they’re not the original lobsters, but they’re my favorites)
Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? SH: Comfort-wise, I have to say Gray (1 and 3). But I also have a lot of memories in Gables: crying in DG1, waiting in line in the morning to use the sinkless bathroom, fire alarms, broken heaters, sleepovers with Bonnie Zhao (‘19) and Celina Cywinska (?), etc… Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? SH: Greek. (and I mean REAL greek, the one spoken in real GREECE) Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students?
SH: I am an underground YouTuber. Sela (‘21) is too. Check out our channel @ itshercar! Dec: Any last words? SH: Peace out, TJ. I’ll miss you.
Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) SH: I leave my role at the Mental Health Conference to Mira and Aaron, my miraculous singing skills to Yuliana (between us, she really needs them), my UNO talent to all the interested boarders, and all of my toast legacy to Alex Lee. Dec: Most embarrassing moment SH: You know the Greek myth guy, Sisyphus? Well, I called him Syphilis for the entirety of an English class back in 2019. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about.
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Tom Li: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Tom Li: NYU. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? TL: Dr T, because he seems smart and won’t eat me; “Robinson Crusoe.” Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? TL: White. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? TL: Economics class: Practical; Utilizing basic math to solve real world problems.
you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? TL: I don’t know. Dec: Most embarrassing moment TL: Being exiled by AP lit and going to ESL. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. TL: I was a lifeguard. Dec: Any last words? TL:...
Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? TL: Less worry, more action. Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray
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Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Allison OverKamp: Beloit College; I want to major in film production. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? AO: Mr. Pesek seems like he would be good at survival, and “How to Build and Sail Small Boats - Canoes - Punts and Rafts” (I think that’s self explanatory). Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? AO: Gray Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? AO: Art, because it’s fun! Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? AO: Find a best friend. He/She makes homework fun.
Allison OverKamp: Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? AO: Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) AO: Addox can have everything (good luck)! Dec: Most embarrassing moment AO: “Mush!” Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. AO: I like to play the ukulele occasionally. Dec: Any last words? AO: TJ should make their school color purple after me. Photo courtesy of Spoonful of Sugar Photography
Marissa Panethiere: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Marissa Panethiere: The University of Notre Dame. Pre-vet. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? MP: Miss Fairbank and any fantasy romance novel. We could talk for HOURS. Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? MP: Gray all the way, baby. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? MP: I would definitely revive Greek 3. As a future Classics major, I could never get enough of the stuff. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? MP: Learning to say “No”—and a firm “No” at that—is an integral skill as you navigate high school. Don’t waste your time on stuff you aren’t really passionate about or don’t have time for.
Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? MP: Danny Devito as me and my love interest. I’m a self-deprecating narcissist until the very end. Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) MP: I leave all the voicemails I have received from Miss Fairbank about SAC to Nathalie Guillossou (‘23)—she’s going to have to get used to the constant communication (and turning her phone on Do Not Disturb). My Mock Trial legacy, however abysmal that may be, shall be apportioned to Maya Albano and Amelia Qirici (‘22), my ride-or-die witness-attorney pair. When all the sports return, I leave my measly athletic prowess (and the jerseys with #10 on them) to any girl who wants to keep sports at TJ alive. We need you.
know about. MP: Not sure it’s a huge secret, but I read an unhealthy amount of nightstand novels—the tiny, paperback fantasy novels you see on your mother’s nightstand. You know, the kind with a shirtless, wistful man on the cover? Those are my jam. Dec: Any last words? MP: Noodle bowl day wasn’t good. You all hyped it up WAY too much.
Dec: Most embarrassing moment MP: Holocaust museum. If you know, you know. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people
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Luca Pritchett: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Luca Pritchett:I plan to attend Webster University next year, and my main goal is really just to show up and get a degree. I’ll major in digital art.
would need for their portfolios. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? LP: I have the best advice: Don’t stress out about grades. Ever. I’m a C and B student and I made it into every college I applied for.
Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? LP: “How to build a boat” by Jonathan Gornall and I’d bring Mr. Lippert along to help us build our way off the island.
Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) LP: I’ll get yelled at if I don’t choose my sister. Dec: Most embarrassing moment LP: Instead of being a normal person, I asked someone out on the last day of school.
Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? LP: I spent the most time in Yellow, so Yellow. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? LP: If I were to become a teacher, I would want to teach an art class that everybody would love. I’d want it to be a class that would teach exactly what students at TJ
Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? LP: Andy Serkis and Danny DeVito
Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. LP: I animate things a lot. Dec: Any last words? LP: “Le vent se lève! . . . il faut tenter de vivre” -Paul Valery (The wind is rising, we must try to live!). Photo courtesy of Spoonful of Sugar Photography
Sela Roth: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Sela Roth: I’m going to the University of Kansas to study elementary education! Rock Chalk!
SR: Hahaha what? Safe answer:Marshall and Lily from “How I Met Your Mother.“ Spicy answer: MGK and Megan Fox (If they are not still together 30 years from now when I read this issue of the declaration, we will have a big problem!)
Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? SR : Mr. Roth and “A River Runs Through It” by Norman Maclean.
Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) SR: Phil, you can have everything that matters. Mr. Pesek, you can have the rest.
Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? SR: GREY! Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? SR: Uhh, Head of School, baby. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? SR: Only to follow me on tik tok <3 @ shooters69shoot and to recognize TJ for the extraordinarily beautiful, special place it is. Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie?
art of capturing the unsuspecting hearts of Webster Groves basketball players. To my teachers and three advisors: Thanks for being patient and mopping up all the tears. To Orli and Liat: Thanks for being patient and mopping up all the tears. To my mom and dad: I enjoyed every minute of it, even the ones I didn’t. Thank you.
Dec: Most embarrassing moment SR: Secretly recording the anonymous part of STUCO elections. Honestly my feelings are still hurt. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. SR: I don’t think there’s anything about me that very few people know about! Dec: Any last words? S.R.: To Lyndsay Furhop: Lyndsay, you are the reason I came to TJ. Thank you for giving me a reason to love this school beyond family. Thanks for instilling in me a passion for savoring LCA losses. And, most importantly, thanks for sharing the
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Page 24 Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Drew Schmiemeier: I’m going to be attending the University of Iowa in Iowa City, studying creative writing. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? DS: I’m going to bring the “Brothers Karamazov,” which is what Mr. Roth taught, but I’m going to bring Mr. Smith because he’s my advisor and I’ve gotten the closest with him. Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? DS: I’ve been assigned dorms, but I never went into them, so I guess I’d say Yellow because I snuck in there a couple tmes. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? DS: English 11 because it was my favorite English class and English is my favorite subject. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ
Drew Schmiemeier: students? DS: I don’t have anything in particular to advise. Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? DS: .I can’t name a single male celebrity... um, what’s a popular male celebrity? Brad Pitt? Okay, Brad Pitt will do a good job--it would be a Jack and Jill situation where Brad Pitt plays both of them? So, Brad Pitt and Brad Pitt.
meant much more than just simply inappropriate, relating to the male genitalia, and it was Dr. Human of all teachers who had to bear witness to it. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. DS: Dec: Any last words? DS: I wish to say nothing.
Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) DS: In English 12, we read this book called “Walden,” and the writer mentioned that it would be a greater disservice to sell off all your belongings to other people than it would be to burn them all, so I think I should burn all my possessions. Dec: Most embarrassing moment DS: In seventh grade, I uttered a word that I thought meant “inappropriate,” but
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Phoebe Sun: Declaration:Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? PS: I plan to attend the University of Chicago next year majoring in Business Economics. Dec:If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? PS: I would bring a guide for survival on an uninhabited island. I will take Mrs. Pieroni with me because I think she would not murder me for food. Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? PS: Gables, the only dorm I ever lived in. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? PS: If I had to, I would teach economics, because I think we need another econ teacher after Dr. B left us. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? PS: Use Khan Academy. Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray
you and your significant other in your Lifetime movie? PS: I would be portrayed by Ali Wang, and my significant other would be a robot cat. Senior Will: (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) PS: I will leave my Debate club to Amelia, and I will leave my Best Buddies Ambassador program and the Virtual Amity program to Grace and Amelia. Dec: Most embarrassing moment at TJ? PS: I have a very high threshold for embarrassment, so I have never felt embarrassed at TJ. Next question. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. PS: I attended MUN conferences. Dec: Any last words for the younger TJ students? PS: Join the Debate Club!
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Stephen Wu: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? Stephen Wu: I am going to Purdue University. Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? SW: Boaz Roth & “Brothers Karamazov.” Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? SW: GREEN. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? SW: AP Physics C and AP Calc (actually I want to open a new class called Calculus 3). Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? SW: DO NOT DECEIVE YOURSELF that there is no darkness when it exists
everywhere in the world. Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie? SW: Emilia Clarke.
Dec: Any last words? SW:Take Greek class seriously.
Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) SW: Landy Zhou (an impressive woman. Must admit that.). Dec: Most embarrassing moment? SW: Mr. Roth said I’m going to marry his daughter...when my mother was having a meeting with my teachers. (I still do not understand his intention of saying that, and I was afraid to ask him) Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. SW: Scuba diving (though it was a complete failure).
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David Zhang: Declaration: Where do you plan to attend college next year? What are your college plans? David Zhang: UC-Irvine Dec: If you were stuck on an island and could bring one teacher and one book with you, which teacher and which book would you bring? Why? DZ: Mrs. Audet and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Dec: Which dorm was your favorite? DZ: Blue. Dec: If you had to teach a subject at TJ, what would it be? Why? DZ: Physics, so that I can save the students. Dec: Do you have any advice for TJ students? DZ: Eat and sleep a lot. Don’t hesitate to try a sport that you haven’t before because it is TJ. Dec: Which TV/movie star would portray you and your significant other in your Hallmark movie?
DZ: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker from “The Fast and the Furious.” Dec: Senior Will (After people die, their possessions are left to others. This is that, but for seniors. It’s self-explanatory.) DZ: The TJ team wins its first conference championship with Matthias on the team. Dec: Most embarrassing moment DZ: Getting caught taking every single orange back to my dorm. Dec: Describe any activities that you did outside of school that very few people know about. DZ: Not really. Dec: Any last words? DZ:. TJ is small. Use the finite resource.
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Silver, Maxima Cum Laude: Priya Antony (‘26), Anastasia Casares (‘25), Harrison Foster (‘26), Tina Zhu (‘25)
Perfect Score: Sebastian Stucke (‘25) Summa Cum Laude (Gold): Zain Ahmad (‘25), Batu Bayazit (‘25), Ben Cashen (‘25), Alex Edwards (‘25), Max McGuire (‘25) Maxima Cum Laude (Silver): Lily Gueck (‘25), Dylan Kolk (‘25), Logan Mounce (‘25)
The Alumni Prize for an Emerging Artist: Kyra Hall (‘21) for her piece “Smilodon Fatalis” Sponsored and adjudicated by TJ graduates who are professional artists in the visual and design arts, The Alumni Prize for Emerging Artists seeks to recognize the creative potential of a student in grades 9-12. The visual-arts faculty selects student work produced for a class during the past academic year, and the submissions are then evaluated by the panel of alumni artists.
Gold: Simone Hotter (‘22) and Ciaran Santiago (‘22) Silver: Marissa Panethiere (‘21) Bronze: Maya Albano (‘22) and Amelia Qirici (‘22) Achievement: Brian Nanton (‘22) and Jonathan Teagan (‘22)
Gold: Ania Kmak (‘22), Cynthia Chong (‘21), Isabella Huang (‘21), Lloyd Stohler (‘21) Silver: Sonora Halili (‘21), Phoebe Sun (‘21) Bronze: Allison OverKamp (‘21) Honorable Mention: Clover Jones (‘22), Caitlyn Collins (‘21)
All School The Blecheisen Award: Phil Nye (‘23) Named in memory of Edith Mann Blecheisen, this award is given to the student who has improved his or her study habits the most during the past year. The Osborn Award: Harrison Foster (‘26) Honoring the memory of Joseph H. Osborn, alumni parent, the Osborn Award is given to a student in grades 7-10, in recognition of his or her advancement in complex problem solving, critical thinking skills, and creativity—all of which are needed for the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This award recognizes a student who shows great promise in these areas as future fields of study. The Sam Fisher Award: Cynthia Chong (‘21) The Sam Fisher Award is in memory of
Samuel James Fisher, class of 2001, and honors effort and achievement in use of the English language – in reading with insight, contributing to discussions, and writing with clarity and style. The award is open to students in ninth through twelfth grades.
The World Language Prize: Isabella Huang The World Language Prize, for the senior who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the study of one or more world languages and cultures over the course of his or her TJ career.
The Partridge Award: Greta Stucke (‘26) Honoring the memory of Margaret Partridge, this award is for the student who has most often made the day better for everyone by a kind deed or word to someone.
The Thomas Jefferson Award: Marissa Panethiere and Sela Roth The Thomas Jefferson Award is presented to the senior who has, unselfishly and without expectation of recognition, given service to the TJ community, enriching the lives of others through specific contributions.
Senior Awards The Clarkson History Prize: Cynthia Chong Selected by the Social Studies department, this award honors the senior with the greatest interest and accomplishment in history through his/her TJ career.
The Mumford Award: Sela Roth The Mumford Award honors the senior most resembling Robert Herrick Mumford during the past year in the qualities of curiosity, kindness, generosity of attitude and action, and appreciation of sincerity in others.
Awards Publications Balfour 2021 “The Yearbook Yearbook” Honorable Mention for the 2019 Yearbook “Lit”: Editors: Cynthia Chong (‘21), Marissa Panethiere (‘21), Sela Roth (‘21) Staff: Sonora Halili (‘21), Ania Kmak (‘22), Carter Cashen (‘23), Nathalie Guillossou (‘23), Yuliana Rust (‘23)
Homer Awards: Awarded by The Declaration for excellence in journalism. They are awarded by category. Columns: Cynthia Chong’s College Corner Column Individual Pieces: Greta Stucke’s “King Cake” Carson Kizer’s “Declapedia: Top Ten Christmas Classics” Ciaran Santiago’s “Declapedia: Top 10 Bathrooms” Nathalie Guillossou “Declapedia: Things We Miss” Marissa Panethiere’s “Declapedia: Self-Care” Brian Nanton’s “Intro to Anime: Anime 101” Ana Casares’s “Book Review: “Christmas Party””
Book Awards Smith College The Smith Book Award “recognizes a talented young woman. It is presented in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and leadership.” Ruolan “Landy” Zhou Harvard University “The Harvard Book Prize, awarded since 1910, is awarded to a student in the next-to-graduating high school class who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields.” Ciaran Santiago
Wellesley College The Wellesley Book Award is an “opportunity to honor a female student in the junior class […] whose academic record and character are exceptional and who has also made significant personal contributions to her school and/or community.” Maya Albano Princeton University The Princeton Book Award recognizes a member of the junior class who has shown a strong personal commitment to community service while maintaining excellence in their academics. Together, we believe these characteristics personify the Princeton University motto, “Princeton in the Nation’s service.” Alden Audet Brandeis University The Brandeis Book Award is given to an outstanding junior “who demonstrates a commitment to civic engagement, community service, political activism, social justice, or volunteer work.” Clover Davis Wesleyan University The Wesleyan Book Award is given to a junior who excels at a rigorous course of study that includes courses at the most advanced level in at least two of the following subject areas: humanities; social science; and mathematics and science, demonstrates independent thought and creative thinking consistent with the spirit of free and energetic inquiry encouraged by Wesleyan University, and shows extracurricular achievement, school leadership, community involvement or commitment to the arts. Brian Nanton Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute The Rensselaer Medal is awarded to an outstanding high school junior who excels in advanced math and science courses, demonstrates potential for success in a challenging academic setting, and exhibits significant involvement in extracurricular activities. Giwhan “Finn” Jung The University of Virginia The Jefferson Book Award was established to recognize outstanding high school juniors or students in the next-to-graduating class who embrace creativity and innovation, and embody the spirit of discovery, much like the University’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. The student is a demonstrated citizen leader who works to improve their community locally or globally. Lloyd Stohler
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