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Collegiate Friars: March 2020

March 3, 2020

Catching up with college sophomores and 2018 Fenwick classmates Frayne Lewis at Loyola Chicago and Sophia FioRito at the U of I in Champaign, IL.

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FRAYNE LEWIS

Fenwick Graduation: 2018
Hometown: Westchester, IL
Grade School: St. Luke (River Forest)
Current School: Loyola University Chicago
Major: International business (finance minor)

Summer Internship: A requirement of graduation is an internship for a minimum of one semester. Therefore, my goal is to obtain an internship at an established firm. Currently, I am searching for a firm that will mentor me a lot about the business world as well as provide an opportunity for future employment.

Career Aspirations: School is super important to me, but music is one of my biggest passions. I’ve had some very cool achievements so far like being on the radio station 107.5 WGCI numerous times, performing multiple shows and events, and meeting stars like Chance the Rapper, Saba, Twista and so many others through my craft. Academically, I have maintained being on the Dean’s List since my first year at Loyola with a 3.7 GPA. After college, I want to be highly involved in the business world with hopes of traveling the world for work.  

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: All four years I was involved in the music program, playing in the percussion ensemble and accompanying the concert band and wind ensemble. I was incredibly proud to finish my last year at Fenwick with a 4.0 GPA and straight A’s.    

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: I have several teachers that come to mind but Ms. Lilek, Ms. Power and Mr. O’ Connor were the absolute best and inspired me on a level higher than the classroom.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: There were multiple; however, Mr. O’Connor really taught me a lot in my English class of senior year. Not only about literature but life after high school and college that I still remember to this day. It’s always great when a class can translate into real-life lessons. I really commend Mr. O’ Connor for being able to provide such valuable information in a literature class.   

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: The entire last few weeks of senior year were amazing, and the camaraderie of my senior class was some of my best experiences. I really felt and saw the Friar Pride that everyone talks about. People in my class that I didn’t even think knew my name were coming up to me and asking to keep in touch because we all knew after high school things were going to change.    

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: The Kairos Retreat was a great experience that really changed my thoughts not only about the people at my school but life in general. The biggest change was trying to be a better person and helping others because you never know what is happening in a person’s life. Every day you meet strangers who may be fighting battles you know nothing about, and the least I can do is give them my best no matter what the gesture. These gestures could be opening a door for someone, giving someone a spot on the bus, or telling someone you appreciate them and to have a great day. These things make me feel like I’ve done my part in the world.

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SOPHIA FIORITO

Fenwick Graduation: 2018
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Grade School: Sandburg Middle School (Elmhurst)
Current School:  University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign
Major: Economics (business minor)
Summer Internship: GuidePoint Security in Hinsdale

Career aspirations:  I hope to work in cybersecurity sales or lead marketing efforts for a large corporation.

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, Presidential Scholar, Pro Life Club President, Photography Club, Track, Community Outreach

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Mrs. Esposito was a very influential person who taught me beyond the principles of physics. She emphasized the power of prayer every day. During her class, my youngest brother was in the hospital -- I was struggling, and she saw this. She took the time to offer comfort and advice going above and beyond her responsibilities. She has a heart of gold and I will always be grateful for her compassion, ability to exceed expectations and care for every one of her students.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Many Fenwick students will remember the joy that Father Joe’s class brought to them. For me, his class was an escape from the stress of other classes. His class taught me to be grateful, non-judgmental and willing to listen to everyone with an open mind. 

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I would genuinely like to go back to Mr. Arellano’s sophomore year speech class. Although I was so nervous to enter that classroom many times, I knew every time I went in that room I would acquire a valuable lesson or have a great laugh. I appreciate every moment I had in class with Mr. Arellano.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: I wouldn’t say there was a single experience that changed me the most, but rather the first few months of being a student at Fenwick taught me that your work ethic is so important. How much you put in is how much you will get out. When I was given the workload of a Fenwick student, it allowed me to develop great time-management skills and aid me in the future as well.

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