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Collegiate Friars: October 2018

October 2, 2018

Two Burr Ridge “kids” making good in New York City and Oxford, OH.

MAUREEN GRADY

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Fenwick Graduation: 2015

Hometown: Burr Ridge

Grade School: St. John of the Cross

Current School: Miami University (Ohio)

Current Major: Accounting

Summer Internship: This past summer I worked as an Audit Intern at Crowe in their Oak Brook office. I learned so much about how the business works and what a career in public accounting might look like. It was a great experience to work closely with my team and interact with clients. I think the best part about a summer internship in business is developing a strong sense of professionalism and receiving valuable feedback to carry with you in your future career.

Career aspirations: I plan on sitting for the CPA after I graduate in May and getting experience in public accounting. Eventually, I would like to potentially get my MBA and focus on Supply Chain. It’s my minor and has a huge impact on almost every industry and our everyday lives.

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Varsity Tennis, Track, Banua, National Honor Society

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Along with so many others, Mr. Draski is truly one of Fenwick’s best. I’ve known him for as long as I can remember because I would go to my oldest sister’s tennis meets and banquets. He even had a picture hanging up in his class that I drew of him at one of those banquets. In addition to being a great teacher, coach, and Banua performer, he is so sweet and really cares about the Fenwick community!

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Economics with Mr. Holmberg was one of my favorite classes. It was my first exposure to such concepts that helped me in almost all of my college courses and I felt that Mr. Holmberg was great at challenging his students to apply what we learned to the real world.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I would love to relive Banua! It was so fun to see the long hours of practice pay off in the final performance and discover the cool, hidden talents my peers had.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: Being on the tennis team changed me the most because of the inspirational coaches and friends that I made. Everyone became incredibly close after so many carpools, practices, and pasta parties. It’s a great bonding experience to cheer on friends during matches and having a team to always look out for you.

MIKE SMITH

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Fenwick Graduation: 2016

Hometown: Burr Ridge

Grade School: Burr Ridge Middle School

Current School: Columbia University

Current Major: Sociology

Career Aspirations: Basketball, until I can’t play anymore, and then go into private equity.

Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Sun-Times Player of the Year, CCL Player of the Year, Mr. Basketball runner up in the State of Illinois. Started all four years. Before I got there, we had lost to OPRF for eight years straight and then we won each year that I was there. Second leading scorer in Fenwick history: 1,000-point scorer.

Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: Probably Ms. Carraher. My freshman year I struggled with Spanish, and she didn’t care that I was good at basketball. She wanted the best for me academically, and coming in I wasn’t the best at Spanish. But she made sure I was there after school to get the extra help and always called on me in class to make sure I was paying attention so that I could learn. I’m thankful for that. But in general, all the teachers that I had shaped me into the man I am now. They all taught me a lesson in the classroom and in life, and I’m grateful for that -- from freshman year until my senior year.

Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Mr. Arellano’s speech class my sophomore year helped me be able to speak. It’s so useful now that I have all these interviews and people to talk to for jobs and talking to younger kids about my life. I’m thankful that the core [curriculum] of Fenwick is so strong and that I had to take that because I was terrified of speaking and now I’m better at it. Also, because of his class, I don’t like double-stuffed Oreos anymore!

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: Beating OPRF all four years and celebrating with the crowd, or beating Simeon and celebrating with the team!

Fenwick experience that changed you the most:​ Having a new coach [Rick Malnati] and how hard he pushed me to be the best I can be for myself and for the team. It changed me to become the player I am today and the man I am today, and I’m thankful for that! Even though I loved Coach Quinn my freshman year, it was hard letting go and letting the new guy teach me the way. But, man, did he change my life and make me a better person!

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