A monthly spotlight, checking in on where recent Fenwick graduates are now.
Greigory Dimailig on the WashU campus in St. Louis.
Fenwick Graduation: 2016
Hometown: La Grange, IL
Grade School: St. Francis Xavier School
Current School: Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
Current Major: Economics, with Biology minor (Pre-Med)
Career Aspirations: Go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon
What you’re involved in on campus: Varsity Track and Field Team, Vice President of MedEd (a club that teaches health education to grade school children), Bears Running Club (a club that coaches children on the autism spectrum), Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Congressional Debate Team (2X National Qualifier), Math Team (2 years), Varsity Soccer Team, Varsity Track and Field Team (State Qualifier)
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Mr. Arscott. He always brought a passion to calculus and invited us to share his love of the subject. He always checked up on me and mentored me through a tough subject. His class prepared me well for calculus in college.
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Mr. Gallo’s AP Economics class. He taught me to enjoy economics as a way of thinking, which is more of a mindset than anything else.
Best Fenwick experience — the one you would like to live again: The Debate Team. Ms. Logas took me under her wing my freshman year and taught me everything I know about debate. She was like a second mother to me and always cared about my progress both in and out of debate. I met my best friends on the debate team. I enjoyed traveling to Harvard, Yale, ASU and Nationals; these trips made our debate team a very tight-knit group. This was the best learning experience from high school and the activity I miss the most. It taught me hard work, dedication, teamwork, public speaking and leadership.
Would you be where you are today without Fenwick? Fenwick played an integral role in shaping who I am, so I am grateful to have attended. The values and standards that Fr. Peddicord, Mr. Groom and the rest of the Fenwick administration set have helped me grow as a person and succeed in my schoolwork.
Advice to current and future Friars: The learning that happens outside the classroom is equally important to the learning that happens inside the classroom. Get involved in activities that interest you and you will naturally see the benefits in both your career and personal development.
Marisa Morella on NU's lakefront campus in Evanston, Illinois.
Fenwick Graduation: 2017
Hometown: Melrose Park, IL
Grade School: Grace Lutheran School
Current School: Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)
Current Major: Chemical Engineering, with a minor in English Literature
What you’re involved in on campus: I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Alpha Phi Fraternity. I have helped raise money for the annual Northwestern University Dance Marathon, which this year supports Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides children in homeless or low-income situations with the vital items needed to succeed in both school and outside life.
Career Aspirations: I am currently unsure of my large-scale plan, although I would consider both law school and medical school as possible future paths.
Fenwick Achievements/Activities: I was a member of both TEAMS and WYSE my junior and senior years. During that time we secured both first and third in the nation rankings for TEAMS, and first and third place in state for WYSE. I was also a member of the cross country team, Math Team, and National Honor Society, a National Merit Finalist, an American Chemical Society Finalist, a Friar Mentor, a Write Place Tutor, a Kairos leader and rector, and a member of the Random Acts of Kindness Club.
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: The Fenwick teacher who most influenced me was Mr. Farran. Both his expertise in chemistry and his care for his students is evident in his every act. He instilled in me a love of science and a confidence in myself and my capabilities. He mentored me throughout my time at Fenwick, motivating and helping me to achieve my largest of goals, while simultaneously supporting me as a human being. I continued to stay in contact with him even after his retirement, and caught up with him and two other students over lunch this past winter break. Mr. Farran is more than a teacher to me. He is an inspiration.
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Two classes that greatly influenced me were Mrs. Nowicki’s Pre Calculus class and Mr. O’Connor’s AP Language and Composition class. In Mrs. Nowicki’s class, I gained both vital math knowledge and a great female mentor who supported me throughout my time pursuing math and science at Fenwick. Mrs. Nowicki brought both love of math and evident concern for her students to class every day. Her energy and spirit were contagious. Alternately, Mr. O’Connor’s APLAC class challenged me every day as I attempted to combine rhetoric and form to find meaning in whatever piece we were working on. In his class, I was always engaged and was taught the vital task of translating my thoughts into coherent stances and arguments. This class solidified my love of the English language, reminding me that being able to articulate my own thoughts is essential in life.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: All three of my Kairos experiences were unforgettable. Going to junior prom the night after returning from my first Kairos, I felt for the first time an overwhelming sense of how large and strong the Fenwick community really is. On my Kairos and at prom afterward, I grew closer to my classmates and understood that Fenwick’s greatness lies in its union. These feelings of community led me through my senior year at Fenwick.
What Fenwick experience changed you the most: My Kairos experiences made me realize that all people — teachers, students, parents, whoever — have times of struggle and hardship. However, the amount of support and love that can be found in the Fenwick community is overwhelming in its expansiveness. I am a more kind, caring and open person for having gone on my Kairos retreats.
Would you be where you are today without Fenwick? No. Fenwick shaped me into the person I am today. When preparing for our WYSE competitions, Mr. Kleinhans would often tell us, “Good is the enemy of great.” Fenwick inspired me to be more than good. Because of Fenwick, I strive to be great.
Advice to current and future Friars: Take advantage of the resources Fenwick provides. Connect with your community and dive deeper into all Fenwick has to offer. Only then will you realize how lucky and proud you are to be a Friar.