November 2, 2020
Checking in with young alumni Margaux Giacotto ’18 (Carthage College) and Matthew Huerta ’19 (DePaul University).
Fenwick Graduation: 2018
Hometown: Elmwood Park, IL
Grade School: St. Vincent Ferrer
Current School: Carthage College
Current Major: Biology, Pre-Veterinary
Career aspirations: I hope to be accepted into vet school and one day have my own veterinary practice to help as many animals as I can in my lifetime.
Fenwick achievements/activities: National Honors Society, Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse, Girls’ Cross Country, Hapkido Club, French Club
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Father Joe [Ekpo]. His teaching style was so unique compared to any other teacher I have had before, and his contagious energy and love is something I will never forget.
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Anatomy with Mr. Collins. [Michael “Mickey” Collins is a 2003 alumnus of Fenwick and now Director of Scheduling/Student Data.] He always made class fun while still teaching us what we needed to know. That class showed me that there is always room for laughter at school.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I would love to play lacrosse at Fenwick again. The girls on the team were so much fun to be around, and I did not realize how much I would miss them until we graduated and went our separate ways.
What Fenwick experience changed you the most: Kairos! It was an amazing experience that taught me so much about myself and others. I feel very lucky that I went to Fenwick and was given the opportunity to go on Kairos, and I believe the experience truly made me a better person.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Grade School: St. Celestine
Current School: DePaul University
Current Major: Business: Marketing
Career aspirations: As I grow and develop my skills within the marketing field, I aspire to be the Vice President of an entire marketing department. The more I learn about marketing, the more fascinated I become with the field of marketing.
Fenwick achievements/activities: Fashion Club, Varsity Basketball Team Manager, Black Friars Guild/Banua, School Ambassador to St. Celestine, Varsity Baseball Team Manager, Chamber Choir, Senior Superlative: Best Smile, Kairos Leader
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: I had such wonderful teachers throughout my Fenwick career, yet I would say that the teacher who had the most influence on my life was Mr. Barabasz. I had him for two years for my math classes junior and senior year. Coming into junior year, I was not the brightest in math. Mr. B turned that around when he started to invest his own time in the development of my skills in math after school. I started to progress more and more through the two years of him being my math teacher. His efforts in helping me with the class I struggled most in meant a lot to me. That encouraged me to work harder and tweak what I was doing wrong. I was an A student in math by the time my senior year came to a close. He inspired me to appreciate math in a way I thought I would never have. Mr. Barabasz ultimately led me to the career path I am on now in business. I am thankful for all the teachers I had at Fenwick, but Matt Barabasz had the most impact on my life.
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Brother Trout’s Theology class had the most influence on me. Some of what I learned in that class was so fascinating. That class influenced me to look at a lot of things differently and even furthered my understanding of human psychology, surprisingly. Lastly, that class influenced me to be a better overall student. My note-taking improved, my study habits improved and my test-taking ability improved.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: The experiences that I had during the 2016-17 basketball season were the best experiences I ever had being a Friar. If I had to pick one, I would say going downstate to Peoria for the state championship. That entire experience was so much fun. That is definitely an experience I would live again!
What Fenwick experience changed you the most: Kairos opened my eyes in so many ways. Coming out of Kairos, I had so much more love and respect for the people at Fenwick and just people in general. Kairos opened my eyes to the fact that I was not alone in my struggles. It taught me to be a better person, a better friend and a better Friar.
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