Get to know the Great Hearts class of 2018 and what they've been able to accomplish thus far, and how far they want to go.
Kristina enjoys and excels in all of her classes, but what most people notice about her is her amazing talent in art. Her art teacher, Mr. Collum, has this to say about her art skills, “Kristina has done phenomenal work in Art class during the years I’ve taught her. She consistently exhibits the characteristics of a true artist and scholar.”
Shayna Cohen will continue her education at the University of Chicago majoring in Neuroscience. Shayna also received a coveted paid internship at T-Gen’s Helios Scholars program. Her mentor, Dr. Kendall Jensen, became the most influential person in Shayna’s life because of her achievements in researching concussions and Alzheimer’s disease as an accomplished female research scientist.
The first thing that comes to mind about Sophie is her creativity—in art, music, and writing. She is a published poet and has participated in many extremely competitive writing scholarships and summer programs including Kenyon Young Writers Conference and Iowa Young Writers Studio, and received a Silver National Scholastic and Writing Medal.
A first generation American born to immigrants from India, Omair understands the vital importance of receiving a top-notch education, and he also values the opportunity to give back to his peers and to the school community.
Rachel is a witty young scholar with a fierce appetite for learning. She is passionate about all that she pursues, but in particular, her love for writing and reading stands out.
Krysten Caballero, a senior at Glendale Preparatory Academy, is a student who truly embraces both aspects of the moniker "student-athlete." For Krysten, academics are as important as athletics, and she realized that in order to achieve her dream of becoming a veterinarian, she would need to find a school where she could get a good education while continuing to play soccer competitively.
Aidan McKernan is a senior in the Arete Preparatory graduating class of 2018. He has been accepted to his dream college, Belmont University, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he plans to major in Audio Engineering. His acceptance comes with a Merit scholarship and acceptance to their Honors College.
Alex Curry, a senior at Scottsdale Prep will be attending Duke University where he will double major in Public Policy Studies and Economics with a concentration in Finance. He is also an SPA mentor and tutor, and he models on a daily basis what it means to be greathearted for our younger students.
"My favorite class is Humane Letters. When reading the Great Books, you make your own opinion on the content, but then you quickly realize, through the class discussion, that there are many different viewpoints on the same content. This realization forces you to evaluate your own opinion and who you are on a deeper level."
Leadership is a word that truly personifies Kylie. She is a leader in all fields, as a youth leader at girls camp and president of her young women’s group, she is a two-year captain of the varsity volleyball and soccer team, as well as serving as a House Leader at Trivium Prep for two years.
Moriah is passionately committed to her volunteer work with a local teen suicide prevention hotline, which has also featured her as a speaker at their annual fundraising gala and sent her as an ambassador to a national conference this winter. As a result of this work, she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and will also receive the Bronze Medallion as a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
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