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Collegiate Friars: April 2019

April 2, 2019

The former football wide receiver and literary whiz look past their Fenwick and college experiences to career life and post-graduate study, respectively.



Fenwick Graduation: 2015
Hometown: Hinsdale, IL
Grade School: St. Isaac Jogues
Current School: Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
Current Major: Sport Marketing/Communications

Recent Internship: This past season I was fortunate enough to work for the Indianapolis Colts in Gameday Guest Relations. There I helped manage and execute stadium-run marketing programs and served as a liaison between the community and Colts organization.

Career Aspirations: My goal is to work for a professional team or company in the sport industry. 

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: 4-year member of the football team. Won the Paul Rafaelli Award senior year. Also was a member of the Broadcasting Club.

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: My time at Fenwick was filled with many incredible teachers who helped shape me into who I am today. Picking just one is difficult but I would have to say Fr. Joe [Ekpo] was my favorite. His incredible life stories and passion for God inspired me every day to be a better person.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Speech class with Mr. Arellano is a class I still think about to this day when I have to speak in public. I may not have loved it at the time, but looking back it's clear to see how valuable it was. 

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I would have to say my favorite Fenwick experience was when we defeated Carmel [of Mundelein] in the second round of the State Playoffs. 

Fenwick experience that changed you the most: I had an incredible experience playing football for Fenwick thanks to the amazing coaches we had that cared for us and wanted to see us succeed. I learned many lessons through football that have applied to other aspects of my life. I also formed strong bonds with my teammates who have turned into lifelong friends. Wearing the shield on my helmet every Friday night is something that I'll never forget.



Fenwick Graduation: 2015

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Grade School: Ascension School

Current School:  University of Denver

Current Major: Psychology; double minoring in Criminology and English Literature

Summer Internship: Due to major, have not had many notable summer internships. The best work experience/internship I have had since coming to school was my employment at the University of Denver’s Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE). At CAPE, I was employed as a Fraternity and Sorority Sexual Assault Liaison. In this position, I acted as a confidential source of information and assistance for survivors of sexual assault and other forms of gender violence. I also was able to lead seminars to educate on the subject.

Career aspirations: I am currently applying to graduate schools to achieve my MSW. With this degree, I am hoping to continue working with survivors of sexual assault and other forms of gender violence. I am excited to go into this path, as it is such an important field that is now starting to be taken more seriously.

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: National Honors Society Member, Touchstone literary magazine- Managing Editor, Write Place Tutor, Future Philanthropist Program Member, Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse Manager, Soccer player (freshman - junior years)

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Mary Visteen

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: AP Language and Composition

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: Performing at Banua with some of my closest friends.

Fenwick experience that changed you the most: My experience going through the English department -- I started at Fenwick in College Prep English, moved to Honors sophomore year, then onto AP Language and Composition junior year while also taking junior Honors English. This is also when I began tutoring at The Write Place. Senior year I continued tutoring at The Write Place, took Creative Writing and Senior Honors English, and served as the Managing Editor for Touchstone. I continued down this path and am graduating with a minor in English Literature. My path through Fenwick truly helped my love of literature grow and is something I cherish deeply. My parents look fondly on this experience as well, and they believe I would not have been able to grow in this way somewhere other than Fenwick.



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