We sat down with high school senior and SGWS alumni, Cami Miller, to talk about her recent success in high school and her merit scholarship to The College of Wooster.
A: I attended SGWS from the end of third grade through sixth grade, at which time I transferred to the Honolulu Waldorf School. SGWS is still by far my favorite school I have ever attended. The friends and teachers I met there have impacted my life in an amazing way. I came to SGWS stressed out from public school and considered a slow reader by their standards. By the end of my SGWS experience I was a care-free, engaged sixth grader who read at a high school level. Spring Garden taught me to love learning and reading which is something I have carried into my high school years.
Q: What was your journey at St. Vincent’s and how did that lead / contribute to your being awarded the Dean’s Scholarship for the College of Wooster?
A: I came into St. Vincent- St. Mary High School a very eager student. My freshman year I was a three sport athlete in the honors track academically. Throughout the next two years I was able to find my groove at the school. I began to focus more on volleyball and I gave up basketball and track. I played for my school and for Junior Olympic clubs and I am very happy to say I will be continuing to play volleyball at The College of Wooster. I also became more active in the clubs at STVM. I became involved in Spanish Club, Multicultural Club, National Honors Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. This year I started volunteering regularly at the Haven of Rest with some of my classmates and teachers. All of my clubs and extracurricular activities have allowed me to find a few of my passions including helping others and exploring different cultures. Academically, I have worked hard and had very good outcomes over the years. I have made Honor Roll every quarter of high school and I have received multiple Excellence Awards in a few subjects including math and English. I think that my diverse activities and strong work ethic is what lead to me receiving the Dean’s Scholarship.
Q: How do you feel about receiving this scholarship?
A: I am extremely proud to have received the Dean’s Scholarship. It makes me very happy to see my hard work pay off. It also makes me confident that my hard work in college will hopefully lead to great things later in the work field.
Q: What do you plan to study in college?
A: I have not decided on a major yet, but I am interested in anthropology and at least one other language. I love learning about and experiencing new cultures. It is a dream of mine to be bilingual and one day live in a another country. My language of choice right now is Spanish because I have been taking it since third grade and I love it. My second choice is German because this past summer I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Germany and meet my family that I have living there. Another reason I am interested in foreign languages is because I hope to be able to enter the Peace Corp after college and knowing another language is very helpful with that. With whatever I end up studying I hope I will have to opportunity to travel the world and help people.
Q: What advice would you give to other SGWS students, say our eighth graders about to go off to high school … about the transition, the high school years, and then choosing/applying to college?
A: To all of the eighth graders at SGWS: enjoy your time at that school. There’s no place quite like it. High school might seem big and scary to you now (trust me I was terrified), but don’t stress about it too much. Just take it one step at a time and enjoy each moment. It passes by in the blink of an eye! Find what you love and work hard at it, it makes time go by and memories that last forever.
Thanks Cami and congratulations on becoming an inspiring young woman. Good luck at The College of Wooster!
by Firouz and Kristen Daneshgari
Having spent 8 years as a part of the Spring Garden community, and seeing how it feeds the souls of both children, their parents, and even extended family, I am honored to support an institution that gives so much in return.
Although there is much difference of opinion in every aspect of school and community life here, the degree of support from and interaction with fellow parents, staff and teachers, provides much fertile ground for personal and societal growth and understanding. I will always consider myself and our family a part of Spring Garden’s family, as well.
The following are just a few benefits our children have gained by attending school at SGWS:
- Learning to think independently
- Learning a versatile approach to thinking/problem solving
- Developing respect for our surroundings, other people and life
- Discovering how to have good relationships through honesty – develops by
- spending years with many of the same classmates and teachers
Three accomplished SGWS graduates — Sarah Caley, Jerome Hume, and Alec Soudry — are performing this week in the Archbishop Hoban High School Theater Series performance of ‘The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.’
Jerome is playing the part of Waldo, Sarah is Ball, and Alec is the voice of the Minister. The play is based on a true event when Henry David Thoreau spent a night in jail for refusing to pay taxes. This incident later provided the basis for Thoreau’s popular essay, “Civil Disobedience.”
The play opened November 4th to a packed house of over 250 people.
You can still see the show, tonight, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Both performances will be in the Barry Gym. Tickets can be bought online at www.hobantheatre.org or at the door.
A heartfelt congratulations to Alec, Jerome and Sarah. Break a leg!
Jenna displayed her design work at Kent’s 2015 fashion show, FS2: Visionnaire, which featured 17 collections and 55 individual looks created by 58 student designers.
Jenna’s collection “Brazen” earned both the $1,500 Best in Show Award and the $500 SUEDEsays Award (sponsored by “Project Runway” star Suede, a Fashion School alumnus).
Congratulations Jenna on your amazing fashion sense and your big senior win!
Our second senior is Harley Moyer who has graduated from Firestone High School with a 4.25 GPA as a National Honor Society member. Harley was also an International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient, Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies Math & Science Student of the Year Award winner, and French Club Vice President.
Harley also excelled in athletics as a cross-country runner and track and field competitor. For cross-country, he was an Akron City Series champion as a senior, Firestone’s MVP for three years, and a Division I regional qualifier as a senior; he posted a career-best time of 16:52.79 at the regional meet.
In track and field, Harley helped Firestone win Akron City Series team championship as a senior by winning the 1,600-meter run (4:26.41), the 800 (2:03.22), and the 3,200 (10:25.18). He placed 10th at the Division I State meet in the 3,200 in at 9:27.10, a career best and a school record.
Harley plans to run at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. Congratulations Harley! You’re clearly running towards great success!
Two SGWS alumni are graduating from Revere High School this year as well. Michael Miller is graduating in the top 10% of his class as a National Merit Commended Scholar. He was also the National Honors Society President, a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, and winner of the OSHAA Scholar Athlete Award. Varsity Tennis player and National Art Honor Society Member Griffen Hansen is also graduated from Revere High School this year.
We wish all our seniors good luck in their upcoming endeavors! Do have alumni news to report? Please contact Amy Hecky at Admissions@sgws.org.
This year at our 26th Annual Benefit Auction, we will honor and award an alumni who has made a difference and brought about positive change in the world. “The Waldorf Difference” award is being given to Akron native and Emory University Student, Aubrey Tingler, for her work and study in environmental science and sustainability.
Aubrey is planning to continue her education in graduate school and work in environmental education and outreach, focusing on how to integrate ecological systems with human constructed systems in a way that mutually benefits both society and the natural world.
Currently at Emory, Aubrey is Co-Editor in Chief of Generation Response (Emory’s environmental and social justice magazine) and a member of Emory University’s Senate Committee on the Environment. She is also currently conducting an independent study on ecosystem services to learn how society can better integrate ecosystem benefits into the built environment.
In past years, Aubrey has interned for Emory University Office of Sustainability Initiatives; she has also worked as an Educator for Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer Camp and as a counselor at Locust Grove Nature Center, an environmental/outdoor education camp.
She has credited her childhood education with helping her value the interconnectedness of the natural and intellectual world. “My Waldorf education taught me that art, science, literature, etc., can’t stand on their own,” she says. “They need each other to exist, and they’re all important to a successful society.”
Her education also fueled her love of learning for learning’s sake, which she credits for motivating her to live a balanced life. “I learned to dedicate myself to learning for the love of it, and the richness it brought to my life, not to simply to get A’s so that I could look smart on paper. Waldorf school taught me the importance of playing, making art, making music and experiencing nature. Those things feed the soul, and I don’t think my respect for these aspects of life would have been as thoroughly developed without my early Waldorf education.”
Congratulations Aubrey! And Thank You for helping our world become a better place!
Our own Aramay Moss spent the summer in NYC on scholarship to Barnard College’s early college program. She spent four weeks living in the big apple, taking classes at Barnard, and getting some amazing references from her teachers for college applications.
“Aramay was one of the strongest writers in the class and it was a pleasure to read her work throughout the course. When it came to class discussion, Aramay distinguished herself as a class leader in both examination of outside reading and peer work.” – Instructor, Jill Di Donato
Now Ms. Moss is doing the post secondary program at Akron University as a Firestone High School Junior — taking all college classes and getting joint credit.