September 1, 2021
Catching up with two Fenwick young alumni – Nick Ganzel and Mikayla Moreno -- from the Class of 2018 and 2017, respectively!
Fenwick Graduation: 2018
Hometown: La Grange, IL
Grade School: Cossitt Elementary
Current School: University of Dayton
Major: Communications and Public Relations
Summer Internship: Business Analyst at Nicholas Brinley Capital
Career Aspirations: Venture Capitalist
Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Rugby, wrestling and diving
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: [Brothers] Jerry '00 and Tony Poro '04 were the two best men I ever met at Fenwick. The two of them were my wrestling coaches, but more than that they were always there for the guys in and out of the room.
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: The class that had the most influence on me was AP Art History with Father Winkels. Father made the class content interesting, but he also encouraged creativity and we talked about life outside the classroom. He really made that art room a cool place to be.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I thought Kairos was fun to attend. It really got you closer with people you didn’t expect to get to know.
Fenwick experience that changed you the most: Religion class with Father Monco was very cool. It changed the way I thought about religion and the Bible as a whole.
Fenwick Graduation: Class of 2017
Hometown: Hinsdale, IL
Grade School: St. Isaac Jogues
Current School: Graduated this May (2021) from the University of Illinois
Summer Internship: Interned with KPMG since 2019 and will be joining full time in September in the Audit practice.
Career Aspirations: Before starting at U of I, I was deciding between pursuing business or medicine. Although I decided to choose business, healthcare was still something I was interested in. In September, I will be working full time in the audit healthcare practice, so I am still getting some sort of exposure to the healthcare side of things. In the future, I want to eventually get my master’s [degree] in healthcare administration and oversee hospitals and facilities while improving patient care and the safety of others.
Fenwick Achievements/Activities: Lacrosse Team, National Honor Society, Random Acts of Kindness Club, Italian Club
Fenwick teacher who had the most influence on you: There were many teachers who had an influence on me, but ultimately my biggest influence was Mr. Kleinhans. Not only did Mr. K challenge me intellectually but he taught me that there is more to learn in a classroom than just school work. Through his “Feel Good Fridays,” I learned so many valuable life lessons that I have been able to apply in my own life. He has truly taught me to believe in myself and give thanks to those around you. And for that I would like to say thanks Mr. K!
Fenwick class that had the most influence on you: Mr. Arellano’s speech class has definitely had the most influence on me. I used to get beyond nervous at the sheer thought of public speaking, but Mr. Arellano helped me overcome that fear. Public speaking is truly a skill we all need to have for the future. Whether it be giving a presentation at school or presenting to a client, it’s a necessity.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: I think something I miss most about Fenwick is the student sections at various sporting events. That’s one thing I really missed out on at U of I since sports aren’t necessarily our forte. U of I didn’t start getting good at basketball until I was abroad, and then COVID hit. So, there wasn’t an opportunity to go to a game when they were ranked. But Fenwick basketball was always so fun to watch, and road-tripping downstate with my friends was definitely a highlight of senior year.
Fenwick experience that changed you the most: This isn’t one specific experience, but overall, I would say the lifelong friendships I built have changed me the most. Over my four years at Fenwick, I developed a support system that inspires me, motivates me and pushes me to be the best person I can be. I am truly lucky to still have that same support system as we enter in the real world to create even more memories with.
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