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Collegiate Friars: June 2019

June 1, 2019

What are young alumni Daniela Echiveste '16 and Jonathon Kulhanek '17 up to these days?

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DANIELA ECHIVESTE

Fenwick Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Chicago
Grade School: John Spry Community School
Recent School:  Michigan State University
Major: Advertising Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Summer Internship: Summer after my freshman year I worked for an advertising agency called 8 Days A Week, Inc. as an Event Administrative Assistant. It introduced me to the field of event marketing and promotions. Ever since, I’ve worked as an independent contractor for agencies to represent brands at events. My favorite has been representing Nissan at Michigan State basketball games!

Career aspirations: I’d like to focus on experiential marketing and brand experience. In the future, hopefully establish my own agency!

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Hispanic Outreach & Latino Awareness, String Orchestra, Broadcasting Club, Best Buddies, & 2 years of Blackfriars Guild

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Ms. Logas. Her passion for teaching made my U.S. History class a lot more interesting and engaging.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: My senior year theology class with Mr. Mulcahy that taught us about other religions. I really liked the field trip we took to the Hindu temple, because otherwise I never would have gone to one.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: My entire senior year was my favorite and one I truly cherish. Every struggle and every success were moments that shaped me into who I am now.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: Kairos. The experience made me realize how blessed I am and to always keep in mind what other people are going through in life.

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JONATHON KULHANEK

Fenwick Graduation: 2017
Hometown: Riverside, IL
Grade School: St. Mary School (Riverside)
Current School:  University of Tampa (Tampa, FL)
Current Major: Biology-Pre-Med/Pre-Dental (Honors Program)

Internships/Practical experience (if applicable): I intern as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Genetics program at the University of Tampa and study Intrinsically Disordered Proteins or IDPs. This program entails doing research, attending conferences and being a guest speaker to report my findings.

Career aspirations: As of now, my career aspiration is to become a dentist like both of my parents. Currently, I am majoring in biology with intentions for medical or dental school. Since professional school admittance is very competitive, I am considering double-majoring in biology and chemistry. Chemistry may open more job opportunities in pharmaceutical and environmental companies. Personally, I believe working with patients or behind the scenes of science will help make a difference in other people's lives.

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Throughout my high school years, I was on the Honor Roll every semester and was inducted into the National Honor Society. I played football (4 years), tennis (4 years) and wrestled (2 years). I joined the Investment Club, German Club and also volunteered for Best Buddies. As a senior, Fenwick’s varsity football team even made it to the State Semi-Final game.

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Mr. Kleinhans was a great influence on me during my Fenwick experience because he was a person who strived to be the best business executive and teacher. He told us about his working experiences in the computer software industry and revealed that he came up with an idea about a new type of coding that led to him establishing his own companies. However, he decided to sell some of them and become a physics teacher to give back to the community. He knew the students in his AP class were studious and curious about physics impacting people's lives. Therefore, he would take his students out to dinner to listen to some of his influential friends speak about their different backgrounds. These speakers would talk about what jobs they had and how they elevated to the top of their professions. These special dinners made us realize there are amazing opportunities for us as students and we can achieve our goals if we work hard.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: The class that most influenced me was Honors Anatomy and Physiology with Mr. Collins as he was a very passionate teacher who made the subject fun and interesting. He demonstrated to the class that biology was complex, but he made it easy to understand the material by utilizing other multimedia apps and doing dissections of different organisms. Mr. Collins taught us to have a complete understanding for the functions of the organs and systems. As a result, this class steered me to major in biology.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: Overall, all four years at Fenwick were a great experience because of the faculty and student body. However, the experience I would like to relive again is my 97-yard touchdown. Even though I broke my wrist during that game, it was an exhilarating experience that I will never forget. I am still proud to be a part of this amazing Fenwick football team.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most:​ The Fenwick experience that changed me the most was my Graduation Ceremony. As I walked across the stage to receive my diploma, I realized my high school years were over. I gazed into the crowd and saw my fellow students who have been a part of my life for the last four years. I remembered the activities in the classrooms, sports and the uniqueness of Kairos. I reminisced about the amazing teachers and coaches I had throughout my last four years. I knew I could never relive these experiences again. However, the most important thing I realized was that the Fenwick community will always be there for me as it is one big family. Fenwick prepared me to excel in college and life.

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