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Collegiate Friars: Summer 2017

Farmer, shown here receiving his 2015 national championship ring from UCLA's chancellor, is set to embark on his redshirt senior year.

Matt Farmer


Fenwick Graduation: 2013

Hometown: LaGrange, IL


Grade school: Highlands Elementary


Current school: UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)

Current major: Psychobiology

Career aspirations: Considering dental school and other options

Fenwick achievements/activities: Three-time state champion in Men's Water Polo, two-time Illinois Player of the Year, NHS, four years varsity swimming and water polo


What Fenwick teacher had the most influence on you? Fenwick Friars have been blessed with a staff of amazing people -- many that I consider role models. The teacher that had the most influence was Mr. Ramzi Farran. Not only was Mr. Farran an incredible lecturer and teacher, but he was an example of the kind of person I strive to be: His unconditional kindness and love for his students and colleagues showed us just how great a person could be. Mr. Farran continues and will continue to have an impact on my life.
What Fenwick class influenced you most? I would say that Mr. Wnek's AP biology class had the most influence. That class solidified my decision to pursue a science major even as a D1 athlete. His class showed me that hard work and enjoyment of what you do is a recipe for success.
Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to live again: Winning the 2011 State Water Polo Championship -- setting a record for most wins in a season (36-0). Watching Coach Dave Perry receive his medal and the trophy as the stands at Stevenson High School went crazy. That was a wonderful moment. 

What Fenwick experience changed you the most? Losing the 2012 Sectional Championship game made me realize that things weren't always going to come easy and without adversity; that if I was going to be successful, I had to work to put myself in a position to be successful.

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