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Collegiate Friars: May 2021

May 1, 2021

Owen Waunn and Alexa Haeflinger: Fenwick young alumni and soon-to-be college senior and junior keep busy studying at Indiana universities.

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OWEN WAUNN

Fenwick Graduation: 2018
Hometown: Western Springs
Grade School: La Grange Highlands
Current School: DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana)
Major: Digital Humanities

Summer Internship: Over the summer [2020], I took a video internship position at Prep Baseball Report Illinois. It was my job to attend future prospect showcases, record data and video of the athletes’ performances, then edit and publish the videos to social media in a way that was easily accessible to professional scouts and college recruiters looking for next-level players.

Career Aspirations: Although I do not have any specific occupation in mind at this time, my goal is to start in a career that allows me to combine my growing technical background with my love of the humanities, including art, design and history. My time at Fenwick helped me to become well rounded in many subjects that, in turn, prepared me for the expansiveness of a liberal-arts college education.

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Baseball, Scholastic Honor Roll

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: The teacher who had the most influence on me during at my time at Fenwick was Mr. Mulcahy. I was first introduced to Mr. Mulcahy’s outstanding character during my sophomore year baseball season in 2016. As a coach, he truly believed in my abilities as a player and gave me the opportunities to demonstrate my skillset on the ballfield. As my Theology teacher during my junior year, he continued to show confidence in me as a student, encouraged good study habits, and introduced me to the vast world of religions outside of my core Catholic curriculum. He truly inspired the best work in all of his students.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: The class that had the most influence on me during my time at Fenwick was Mr. Arellano’s speech class. Going into Fenwick, I dreaded taking the course as I was filled with anxiety whenever faced with the thought of speaking in public to a large group. Mr. Arellano’s style of teaching and methods on how to be an effective public speaker are what prepared me for the presentations I currently deliver in my college curriculum. I may not have realized it then, but this class was an important factor in my still-developing public speaking persona.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: My absolute favorite Fenwick experience were our varsity baseball trips down to Orlando, Florida, over spring break. During the trips, our teams would create a tight bond together as we would play games in the day then hit the Disney parks in groups at night. From getting food to hanging out by the pool, we did it all together. It was truly an unbeatable experience playing baseball on some of the nicest fields, in the best weather, with the best teammates.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: The experience that changed me the most would have to be my spring Kairos retreat during my senior year. Unsure what to expect going into the retreat, I was pleasantly surprised with the experience as a whole. I took those few days to listen to the stories of my classmates and really admired their courage as they shared stories of the many challenges they faced. I also took that time to reflect upon myself and how lucky I am for the people in my life that make it so special. To top off this amazing new experience, the food was simply phenomenal.

ALEXA HAEFLINGER

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Fenwick Graduation: 2019
Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Grade School: Visitation
Current School:  University of Notre Dame
Current Major: Finance & Italian Studies

Summer Internship: Last summer I participated in financial-modeling classes through Notre Dame’s Investment Club, and next summer (2022) I will be working as a deal advisory/ valuation intern at Price Waterhouse Cooper in the Chicago office.

Career aspirations: I hope to continue to pursue my interest in finance and Italian, specifically as it relates to international business, and hope to possibly work abroad someday. I’m really interested in deals and how companies generate value, so can’t wait to learn more about that in my upcoming internship.

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Lacrosse (captain), cross-country, volleyball, Italian club, National Honor Society, National Italian Honor Society, Eucharistic Minister

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: So many teachers influenced my experience at Fenwick and I can’t thank them enough. However, the teacher that influenced me the most was Ms. Hennessey. She was my Italian teacher all four years and, to this day, is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. She not only taught me the value of a liberal-arts education but also the value of cultivating relationships outside of the classroom. She is the perfect example of a teacher who cares about her students outside of just academic success.

“Prof” fueled my interest in Italian language and culture and food (I still miss the yearly Eataly trip!) and was a huge factor in my decision to add a major in Italian studies. Thanks to “Prof,” I was able to test out of four semesters of Italian at Notre Dame and will be studying abroad in Rome next spring.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: AP Physics 1 & 2 with Mr. Kleinhans influenced me the most because it taught me the value of being independent but also knowing when to ask for help. I was honestly pretty bad at physics, but Mr. Kleinhans reached out and offered to help me before school -- and tremendously improved my performance in the class. His generosity with his time also taught me to always make time for others even when I might be busy. This was again demonstrated with the dinners we would go out to called “Engineers Eat” with Mr. K to learn more about future career paths. Lastly, we had Friday prayers every week during which Mr. K would tell us about his life experiences and give us invaluable life advice. This class was incredibly influential not only in an academic sense but also in a personal sense.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: If I could relive an experience it would have to be beating OPRF in basketball my senior year (2019) at the Wintrust Arena. The energy of the crowd and the sense of Friar Pride I felt when we watched the winning shot was unmatched, and really reminded me how much I love the Fenwick community.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: My time on the lacrosse team changed me the most because it allowed me to grow closer with people who weren’t in my grade, and I was able to learn a lot from the older girls on the team. Before then, I had never led a team, and it showed me I had the ability to be an example for others and taught me leadership skills that I’ve used throughout my life. Specifically, my sophomore year was super influential because I was one of a few sophomores on varsity, and the team really helped me build friendships and confidence that I have sustained to this day.

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