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Collegiate Friars: April 2018

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Greg (with his Mom) carried his love of physics with him to college. "Fenwick Football helped shape me into the person I strive to be," says the former Friars' center/offensive lineman.

GREG LAZZARA

Fenwick Graduation: 2015

Hometown: Riverside

Grade School: Hauser Junior High 
 
Current School: University of Dayton (Ohio)
 
Current Major: Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering
 
Career aspirations:  Not entirely sure, I would like to work in the Chicagoland area either doing research/analyzing data or working for a private company. I am currently very interested in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. I eventually would like to obtain my MBA and work as a consultant or project manager. Lastly, I would love to retire from my engineering career and teach high school physics (maybe at Fenwick!).
 
Fenwick achievements/activities: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Banua (one year)

What Fenwick Teacher had the most influence on you: Every teacher at Fenwick had some sort of influence on me and would always push me to my true potential. However, Mrs. Esposito and Mr. Kleinhans really showed me how mathematics and physics are applied to all areas of our lives, which really inspired me to pursue a degree in engineering. (Shout out to every teacher that I had while at Fenwick: You have influenced me to achieve great things in my life!)
 
What Fenwick Class had the most influence on you: Physics with Mrs. Esposito. I really excelled in this class and loved every minute of it. Whether we realize it or not, physics is all around us. This science is one of the foundations of engineering, so to pursue a degree in engineering one really must enjoy physics and several other areas of study that some consider to be ‘pain-staking.’ Mrs. Esposito was always very clear in her explanations and lectures and I could really tell she cared about her students and loves teaching physics. Everything I have learned in that class has been applied in almost every single engineering class I have taken at Dayton. Mrs. Esposito strongly encouraged me to pursue a degree in engineering because I did so well in her class, and this led me to pursue my degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: This is a tough question because there were so many memorable experiences that I had while at Fenwick. Honestly, everything about my time at Fenwick was the best Fenwick experience I had. Everything from running to catch the morning bus at the train station freshman year to Father Joe’s famous masses. I love everything about this school and would not change anything if I had to do it all over again.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: Playing football. Football has been part of my life since 7th grade. I loved everything about playing Fenwick Football (yes, even morning weights and the three-a-days we had in the summer). The group of guys that I met while playing football have become friends that I will never forget. Head Coach Gene Nudo is one of the most influential people I have ever met in my life. I have never met someone so passionate about the game of football. Coach Nudo loved and cared for all of my teammates and me; he always told us that we are a unit and need to stick together on and off of the field. He always told us that playing this sport will make us better men further down the road. Coach Nudo was right: The principles of teamwork, perseverance and pushing yourself to your absolute limit still get applied to my life even though I am not playing football anymore. Playing football under Coach Nudo was serious business, and he made sure that everyone knew that. However, Coach Nudo knew how to have a great time and a lot of fun while staying focused on our goals we set as a team. We made history together and that is something I will never forget. Fenwick Football helped shape me into the person I strive to be.

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Kelsey swam and played water polo at Fenwick, and she is swimming at St. Ambrose.

KELSEY SULLIVAN

Fenwick Graduation: 2017

Hometown: Berwyn

Grade School: St. Mary Riverside
 
Current School: Saint Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa)
 
Current Major: Accounting
 
Career aspirations: I hope become a Certified Public Accountant and work for an accounting firm in Chicago.

What you’re involved in on campus: Currently on campus, I am apart of the swim team. I also participated in Dance Marathon and Relay for Life. I have also joined clubs such as SADD and College against Cancer.

Fenwick achievements/activities: Through my years at Fenwick I was a swimmer and also played water polo. My biggest achievement was being a part of a winning state title team my junior year. Our team felt so honored to have an assembly for us seeing the entire Friar Nation applaud when we brought our trophy on the stage.

What Fenwick Teacher had the most influence on you: Not technically a teacher, but my work-study proctor Mrs. Tartaglia with whom I sat for two years. She guided me through many college decisions and influenced me to do better in my activities whether it be academics or sports.
 
What Fenwick Class had the most influence on you: I believe that my American Studies Class taught by Mr. McGuire and Mrs. Kotty junior year had the most influence on me because we were taught so much more than history and English. Current events were always a topic of discussion and allowed me to gain knowledge of how the past has affected the present so much. The learning style also was different because I was being taught by two teachers, which kept the class interesting and allowed for so much knowledge was shared with us.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I loved my Friar experience so much that I would love to relive the simple things such as eating cookies at lunch with my friends, listening to morning announcements and walking through the atrium doors.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: I believe the Fenwick experience that changed me the most were the yearly SADD assemblies. I loved learning about many social issues that were affecting students across the country. They taught so much information that I have quickly realized is so important on a college campus.

What surprised you the most when you arrived at school? My biggest shock factor was the amount of people that have a connection to Fenwick. For a small liberal arts school in Iowa, I was shocked to hear the name Fenwick be so well known. I’ve had countless classmates and professors explain to me their connection with the Friars. I loved hearing them!

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