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.
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.