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Collegiate Friars: May 2019

May 6, 2019

A year apart in school, the former Friars' student-athletes have their sights set on computational neuroscience and advertising, respectively.


Treating epilepsy: Salvino, a soon-to-be Johns Hopkins graduate, will work this summer at Yale New Haven Hospital's Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center in Connecticut.


Fenwick Graduation: 2015

Hometown: River Forest, IL

Grade School: Roosevelt Middle School

Current School: Johns Hopkins University

Current Major: Electrical Engineering & Neuroscience

Post-graduate Plans: I will be working as a researcher in a computational neuroscience lab in the Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center at the Yale New Haven Hospital. The lab works with epileptic patients and develops mathematical models of epilepsy and consciousness. Hopefully, these will help improve the understanding and treatment of epilepsy as well as give insights into the mechanisms of conscious perception.

Career aspirations: I’ve been lucky to have several opportunities to do different types of research as an undergrad and through internships. Of the different disciplines I’ve tried out, computational neuroscience has been the one that really stood out. It combines my interests in engineering, math and biology and is something in which I hope to have a long career conducting research. There are several universities who’ve recently created new interdisciplinary departments focused on neuroscience research of this type, as well as both large companies and start-ups who’ve invested in developing technologies based on that research for medical applications. Although it seems pretty niche, it’s a growing field and that will hopefully mean a wide variety of opportunities and types of jobs.

Fenwick achievements/activities: Math Team, WYSE, Banua, Football, Track & Field, Rugby

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Mr. Finnell. Between Math Team, Banua, the London trip and three years of math classes, he’s definitely the teacher I was around the most and who had an out-sized influence on me. You can tell how much he cares about his students, not just in class but also as people. You could probably find hundreds if not thousands of his former students from through the years who would say the same thing and who he’s helped steer into successful careers in math, engineering or the theater. That’s really a testament to the passion that he brings and that he inspires in his students.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Freshmen Biology with Mr. Wnek. This was the class that really inspired my passion for biology. Mr. Wnek is a fantastic teacher and gave better lectures than most college professors I’ve had. Junior Physics with Mr. Kleinhans is a close second. His class is what made me consider how I could use a training in engineering to be a better research scientist.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: Banua. It was awesome to see such a collection of talent from fellow students. Performing music and skits with my friends was an absolute blast and one I would definitely like to do again.

The Fenwick experience that changed you most: ​Senior Kairos retreat. I was lucky enough to take part in Kairos twice, the second time as a leader. It really was unlike any other experience I had at Fenwick and gave me new appreciation for the type of people my classmates are.


Kulik, a two-time water polo state champ, wants to pursue the advertising field after she graduates in 2020.


Fenwick Graduation: 2016

Hometown: Elmwood Park, IL

Grade School: St. Vincent Ferrer (River Forest)

Current School: University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

 Current Major: Advertising

Summer Internship: Last summer I decided to work as a sales associate at Nordstrom. As I became accustomed to the essence of the Nordstrom culture, my objective was to provide exceptional customer service and a compelling shopping experience to every customer. Over time, I became very interested with the different brands and how their merchandise was advertised throughout the store.

Career aspirations: Since enrolling in the school of Advertising, I have studied the influence of brand marketing and impact of establishing a positive, prominent brand image. The capabilities of digital advertising now allow brands to communicate on a wider scale, gaining extensive exposure across various audiences. Effective advertising initiatives allow the potential to resonate in the consumer’s mind and provide content so their audience(s) can relate more on a granular level. After graduating I hope to work at an advertising agency. This will offer a range of opportunities and I can benefit from layers of experiences with professionals who can mentor me.

Fenwick achievements/activities: I participated in swimming and varsity water polo for four years. I was a part of two state water polo championship teams during my sophomore and senior years under the coaching of Jack Wagner.

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Although I am fortunate to have been taught by so many admirable teachers, one teacher who has influenced me the most is Mrs. Dactilidis. I had Mrs. Dactilidis my senior year for AP Statistics. I have always admired Mrs. Dactilidis for always being happy and cheerful. She demonstrates kindness and patience to each and every student in her class. 

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Freshman year World History with Mr. Ori was one of my favorite classes during my time at Fenwick. This class was very interesting because it offered global perspectives on our past. Mr. Ori always provided a fun learning environment where students were encouraged to excel inside and outside of the classroom!

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I am very thankful that there are many great academic experiences Fenwick has provided that have pushed me to my fullest potential. I would love to relive Kairos. Kairos is senior retreat mandatory for graduation, however, many students would agree it is one of the best experiences Fenwick has to offer. Kairos is a retreat that will bring classmates together to form life-long friendships. It is also a way for students to get to know God and themselves. Through Kairos I have learned to love and appreciate everything and everyone around me in a more positive way!

What Fenwick experience changed you most: Being part of the Fenwick Water Polo Team and the supporting community gave me the opportunity to grow as a student athlete. The experience made be a better person, player and teammate. I cherish the relationships I made with my team and am proud to be part of the water polo tradition at Fenwick. GO FRIARS!



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