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Collegiate Friars: November 2018

November 2, 2018

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Fenwick young alumni: Meredith Kisla '15 is a senior at St. Mary's College in Indiana, and Charles Guerrero '18 is a freshman at Loyola University in Chicago.

MEREDITH KISLA

Fenwick Graduation: Class of 2015

Hometown: Western Springs, IL

Grade School: St. Francis Xavier

Current School:  Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN)

Current Major: Accounting with a finance concentration; Minor in U.S. History

Summer Internship: This past summer I interned with Deloitte Chicago in their Business Tax Services group. I had an amazing experience collaborating with professionals on real-time issues for clients, spending time with my intern class, and starting a Deloitte Tax Book Drive for underprivileged children in the Chicagoland area.

Career aspirations: After graduation, I will be moving to London in May to work in Deloitte UK’s London office. I will be working within the Business Tax Services line once again and focusing on US tax. I hope to gain professional experience in London, continue to travel abroad, and possibly move back to Chicago in the future.

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: I played lacrosse for two years, golfed for two years, and even tried swimming for one season during my time at Fenwick. I was an active member of the Global Microfinance Foundation, the Vice President of the German Club, a participant in Banua, a member of the Broadcasting Club, and a leader and rector of the Kairos retreat as well.

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: I was blessed to learn under the guidance of many wonderful faculty and staff; however, Mr. Roche had the greatest influence on me during my time at Fenwick. Mr. Roche goes above and beyond his role as an educator; he devotes his entire self to Fenwick, compassionately looks after his students and athletes, and embodies what it means to be a selfless leader through his daily words and actions. He continues to be a great mentor and friend even post-Fenwick!

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: The class that had the most influence on me was German with Frau Strom. She was such a wonderful teacher and always encouraged us to learn with the intent of applying our knowledge outside of the classroom. Frau Strom’s teaching inspired me to continue studying German in college as well as study abroad for six months in Innsbruck, Austria, during my sophomore year.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I absolutely loved my years at Fenwick and would relive my entire high school experience again if I could! I definitely miss playing on sports teams with my friends, attending Friday night football games, and spending time with the many individuals that make Fenwick the special place it is.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: Leading and rectoring Kairos was my greatest experience at Fenwick. I had the opportunity to deepen my relationships with my classmates, myself and my faith over the course of three days and truly believe it has shaped the way I carry out my life. Kairos is such a wonderful experience, and I am forever grateful for the many lessons, friends and memories I gained from each retreat.

CHARLES GUERRERO

Fenwick Graduation: 2018

Hometown: Elmwood Park, IL

Grade School: St. Celestine

Current School: Loyola University (Chicago)

Current Major: Biology

Career Aspirations: I want to enter the medical field and am trying to find a specific job or area of study in the field that interests me.

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: National Honor Society, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Banua, Medical Club, Robotics Club

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: My most influential teacher at Fenwick was Mr. Thompson. He was my teacher for every year that I have been at Fenwick and taught me in eight classes over those four years. He was with me from the beginning all the way to the end of my time as a Fenwick student. In fact, he was my teacher for my first class as well as my teacher for my final class at Fenwick. He was an excellent teacher and was always pushing me to do my best as a student and as a musician.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: The most influential class I took at Fenwick was Honors United States History with Mr. Quinn. His class taught me to approach academics as something to analyze and understand rather than something to simply memorize. Mr. Quinn’s teaching style is very much like the teaching styles I have encountered in college. Although I am not currently taking a social science class, his teaching methods still help me in other courses. I feel more prepared for college after taking a class with Mr. Quinn.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: If I could choose a Fenwick experience to live again, I would choose to relive Banua 2018. It was during my senior year and was my first time performing in Banua. I had a lot of fun preparing the song (“J’accuse,” by Mucca Pazza) with Guilty as Charged (our band name) and even more fun performing on stage. My favorite part of our performance was ending with “Seven Nation Army” and marching down the Auditorium as the crowd cheered us on.

Fenwick experience that changed you the most: Being a part of Fenwick’s band program really changed me during my time at Fenwick. It allowed me to explore a part of myself that was more artistic and creative, despite the fact that I prefer more objective subjects like science or math. During my first few years at Fenwick, I was very quiet and reserved, but band helped me open up. Band was how I’ve met some of my closest friends and was one of my favorite experiences at Fenwick.

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