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.
Megan Hungerman, Class of ’89, and her brother Daniel, class of ’92, have both become professors. Megan teaches philosophy courses at West Virginia University, with specialties in continental philosophy, the philosophy of literature, phenomenology, existentialism, and feminism. Megan is also an animal rescue advocate and volunteer.
Daniel’s research focus includes Public Economics, in particular religion and the determinants of philanthropic activity. His work has been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Public Economics and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Congratulations to both these accomplished, engaged siblings! SGWS is proud to have been part of your education.
Hannah Schurr, SGWS class of ‘06, has graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude, with Honors, and as the Outstanding Art Department Senior.
Ravi Harley and Willow Campbell were honored with awards in academic excellence at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio. Both SGWS grads have maintained a 3.5 GPA this year.
Three alumni recently received honors at Copley High School. Emma Hecky received a Scholar Award for maintaining a 4.0 or above GPA for her freshman year. Madison Deckert, a senior at Copley, received the National Choral Award, the Departmental Award for Art, and an Honor Roll award for maintaining a 3.5-3.9 GPA all four years. Emma Haney also received an Honor Roll award for maintaining a 3.5-3.9 GPA for her four years at Copley High School.
It’s news when an alumni wins a Science Fair award, but Alena Veigl has won the ACESS (Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies) Award for outstanding project at the Akron Science, Math, and Technology Expo for the second year in a row. The title of this year’s ACESS award-winning project from January was “How Temperature and Time Affect the Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide.”
In addition, she received a perfect score at the Akron Public Schools Science Fair for her project titled “The Role of Gene Expression in Cell Differentiation.” After advancing to the District 5 Ohio Science Fair at the University of Akron, she won the Akron Schools Award and a $1000 scholarship from the University of Akron. This project, which will be published in a science journal, also qualified her for the State Science Fair in May, where she received the OAS “Excellent” Award.
Alena is currently in the 11th grade at Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio. Keep up the inspiring work, Alena!
Former SGWS student, Ian Lim-bonner (class of 06) graduated Allegheny College with honors with a BS in Environmental Science. Ian recently interviewed with OPWALL and said, “This [job] would allow me to conduct biodiversity research in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean (fingers crossed). Tomorrow I leave for a four week backpacking trip around Europe. Life is so good.”
Ian is not the only one heading to Europe. Julie Chlysta (SGWS Class of ‘06) and Allyson Chlysta (SGWS Class of ‘03) get to spend some time together traveling through Europe. Julie is currently studying overseas for school and Allyson has joined her for traveling.
Tim Fries, SGWS Class of 2007, is currently attending Muskingum University and has just been inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honorary society.
And we also send best wishes to SGWS graduate (‘10), Todd Rexroad, who just received the Omnova Solutions scholarship — “dedicated to math and science education today that creates innovators of the future.”
Great job everyone! Do you have some SGWS alumni news? Please email Amy Hecky: firstname.lastname@example.org