Alumni Student Panel – Jan. 10th

We are proud of our graduates and invite you to join us for an evening of conversation with our alumni. Join us as they tell their stories and answer your questions at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Questions such as:

  • How do Waldorf students transition to high school?
  • Are they academically prepared?
  • Can they navigate the larger world?
  • What unique skills did their Waldorf Education provide?
  • If given a choice, would they go to Spring Garden again?

This popular event is always an informative and inspiring way to hear about the results of Waldorf Education, as shared honestly by SGWS graduates. The panel members will reflect on, and answer questions from you about, their experience as SGWS students, and what those experiences have meant to them in their years since graduating. We hope at least one parent from each family will attend this highly informative event.


Here’s More information about our panelists:

Sean Connelly:
Sean graduated from Firestone High School in 2001 and attended Ohio University beginning that fall. After graduating from OU with a degree in Political Science and minor in Spanish, he moved back to Akron and began working at GOJO Industries. In his time at GOJO, he has held various roles in pricing and sales operations and is currently a category manager working with distribution partners to drive strategic initiatives and mutual business growth. Sean is also an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow (part of the Boy Scouts of America) and has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for over 10 years.

Ravi Harley:
After Graduating from Spring Garden, Ravi attended high school at Theodore Roosevelt High School, in Kent. While there he participated in Spanish Club, Art Club, Concert Band, Marching band, Pit orchestra, and National Honor Society. During his senior year he served as Art Club co-president, and he was also a flute section leader in the Rough Rider marching band. Ravi was on the honor roll for all eight semesters of high school and graduated Magna Cum Laude. His class voted him best artist and most creative in the yearbook superlatives, which he attributes to his time spent at SGWS.  Now, he attends Ohio University with a major in pre-professional biology and hopes to eventually attend medical school.

Laura Wallerstein:
After graduating from SGWS, Laura went on to attend Oberlin college for Economics, receive her MBA from The University of Akron College of Business Administration and then her law degree from The University of Akron School of Law.  Laura is a proud and active member of the Akron community and has received many awards for her community activism including, most recently, the “Young Professional Award” – ATHENA Akron (2017), “Emerging Leader Award” – Women’s Network, 18th Annual Women of Achievement (2017), and “Woman of the Year” – Summit County Historical Society.Community Affiliations.  She currently serves on the nonprofit Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties, Keep Akron Beautiful, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit and Medina Counties.


Sarah Longville:

Sarah is an SGWS grad currently ranked 8th academically in her senior class at Norton high school. She is also a varsity golf player, a member of National Honors Society and has taken college credit plus classes since her junior year. Sarah will attend The College of Wooster in the fall and plans to major in neuroscience. She is proud to have won an art award for her ceramics work and enjoys her job at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn where she’s worked for three years.

Alena Veigl:

Alena joined Spring Garden when she was in third grade where she regained her love of learning as well as developed her musical skills that allowed her to audition and earn a place at Harvey S. Firestone High School’s Visual Performing Arts Program. In 2012 and 2014, Alena earned a place at the state level with her science fair projects: Determining Sugar Content through It’s Refractive Index and The Role of Gene Expression in Cell Differentiation. In her junior and senior year, she was a part of the National Honors Society and an active volunteer with the Autism Society of Greater Akron and Akron Children’s Hospital. Alena is now a junior at The University of Akron, studying to be a Biomedical Engineer with the hopes of going to medical school to become a pediatrician. In addition to taking classes, Alena has continued her volunteer work as well as becoming a mentor and judge for The Best Medicine Science Fair and joining LeBron James in his I Promise commercial campaign.

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