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Collegiate Friars: October 2017

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A monthly spotlight, checking in on where recent Fenwick graduates are now. 

Name: Laura Dillon

Fenwick Graduation: 2014

Hometown: La Grange Park

Grade School: St. Francis Xavier
 
Current School: University of Notre Dame
 
Current Major: Mechanical Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
 
Career aspirations: After I graduate in May, I will be returning to Bain & Company’s Chicago office as an Associate Consultant. This past summer I was an Associate Consultant Intern.
 
Fenwick achievements/activities: Math Team, WYSE, TEAMS (Captain of the 2013 State Champion Team), Poms Squad (4-Year Captain), Lacrosse, Kairos (Rector and Leader), Lector and Eucharistic Minister; National Merit Finalist, Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist, National AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society, National Italian Honor Society, Faculty Awards: Chemistry, Physics, Italian, Campus Ministry Service

What Fenwick Teacher had the most influence on you: Many teachers at Fenwick had an influence on me, shaping my experience and supporting me.

From the day I shadowed Fenwick to today, Mr. Farran has made an impact on my life. When I shadowed Fenwick as a 7th grader, I went to Mr. Farran’s Honors Chemistry class and still remember how he taught electron configurations with his “Soldier, please don’t fire” story. Sophomore year when I was in Mr. Farran’s class, he suggested I join TEAMS to see if enjoyed engineering.

Mr. Kleinhans also gave me opportunities to explore my interest in engineering even though I was never in his class. Mr. Kleinhans hosted Engineering Eats dinners where students would have the chance to listen to a speaker discuss their experiences in engineering and answer questions.

Throughout my four years on math team, Mr. Finnell was always a great mentor and helped me develop my interest in math. All of these teachers went above and beyond and helped lead me to my choice to study Mechanical Engineering and Applied Math at Notre Dame.
 
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics influenced me as I transitioned from Fenwick to Notre Dame. These classes helped me fully realize my love of math and science and make my major decision. Mr. Arscott, Mr. McKinley, and Mrs. Esposito also helped me prepare for the difficulty of classes I would experience in college, not only with the curriculum but with study habits as well.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I would love to relive the Poms performance during playoffs at Elmhurst College my senior year. It was raining, but so many students filled the stands to cheer on the football team. The entire game was a blast and it was one of my favorite routines. The experience really showed Friar Pride!

I also would relive the moment TEAMS won State my junior year. The team of eight worked really well together throughout the competition, but we had no expectation of winning. Once they announced 2nd and 3rd, we figured we lost and were absolutely thrilled when they announced our team as State Champions! It was also fun to get everyone a day off of school.

Fenwick experience that changed you the most: Kairos was amazing each time I went. It is such a special way to connect with your class and a great way to come together as seniors. I’m so grateful for all of the work the faculty put in to give us such an incredible opportunity.

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Name: Jimmy Harrington

Fenwick Graduation: 2015

Hometown: River Forest

Grade school: St. Luke

Current school: The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)

Current major: Economics

Career aspirations: To work in political consulting when I graduate and, eventually, go to law school. 

Fenwick achievements/activities: Faculty Honor Award in Broadcasting; participated in Broadcasting Club, Friar Mentors, Kairos Leader, Soccer and Track.

Teacher who had the most influence on you: I cannot say enough about how much Ms. Logas impacted me. Her knowledge, passion, and devotion made her classes the highlight of my time at Fenwick. Her lessons on U.S. History and Government stay with me to this day, but more important were the daily lessons she taught on the importance of respect and civility. In addition to Ms. Logas so many faculty members went out of their way to take a special interest in me, especially Mr. O'Connor, Mr. Schoeph, Mr. Roche, Fr. Peddicord, Fr. LaPata, Mrs. Nowicki and Br. Byrd.

Class that had the most influence on you: AP American Government with Ms. Logas.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: Broadcasting the Fenwick Friars' football victory over the Bishop Lynch Friars in Dallas my junior year.

Fenwick experience that changed you the most: The forging of long-term friendships that occurred at Fenwick had the most profound impact on me. My best friends from Fenwick continuously challenge me to be a better person while grounding me to my roots.

Opportunities at Fenwick you wish you would have explored more: I wish I would have gotten involved on the Debate Team.

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