Graduates of the class of 2015 talked about their high school experiences and their college application process on the night of Wednesday, February 6th. The graduates sat in the gym at 201 and the audience asked them questions about their experiences.
People from all ages attended, including parents, teachers, and students from all groups, but it was especially important to the XIIIs. They got information about the transition from C&C to a range of high schools. They also got an early glimpse of the college process.
The event started when Scott Moran, Principal, asked them to introduce themselves by naming the schools they currently attend, telling how old they were when they started at C&C, and by describing their extracurricular activities and their favorite classes in their current high schools,.
LouLou (Louisa) Viemeister had been at C&C since the IIIs. “I am captain of the basketball and volleyball team and part of the environmental club [at LREI]. My favorite classes are history and my English Class: Mass Incarceration.”
Mercer Patterson started at C&C in the IIIs and currently goes to Kaufman Special Music School. He is hoping the be accepted into the Conservatory Music School of Composition. He has been student body president for all four years. His favorite class is AP Literature.
Next, Leo Jenkins said that he had been at C&C since the IIs and that both of his older sisters had gone to C&C as well. He currently goes to Beacon High School and plans to play baseball in division 1 or division 3, while trying to balance his athletic activities with academics. His favorite classes are AP Calculus and Physics.
After Leo, it was Eloise Freitag’s turn to answer. She goes to the Spence School, an all-girls school. Having been accepted early, she will go to Harvard next year. Her favorite class is the environment class. Eloise is captain of the track and cross country teams. On her own time, she is doing an independent science research project on memory.
“My name is Audrey [Coombe] and I go to Trinity. I started C&C in the IIIs. I plan on going to college but have not gotten my acceptances yet.....Outside of school, I play chess and piano and go to orchestra on the weekends. I took a class on Mass Incarceration and that really interested me.” About staying connected, George Chachkes, said he still keeps in touch with the other alumni of his year. “I was C&C since the IIs. I go to Fieldston right now and plan on going to Colgate University, which is in Upstate New York. My favorite classes have always been Math and Science and I am currently taking a Physics class, which I really enjoy.” Then Scott asked the graduates, “How did City and Country prepare you for the transition between this community to the community you are in currently?” Mercer said, “I learned how to make connections with people very easily and to communicate and make my voice heard in discussions.” LouLou said, “I have a grade of 60 kids, but what City and Country taught me was to want to make connections to my teachers and to reach out when I need help. Also, since C&C was a DISC school, we got to meet many people from the other DISC schools. When we all went to high school, I already ready knew a bunch of the students.” George said, “I was pretty scared to go to a new school since I thought that I don’t need any new friends......but I think it was pretty easy to go to a new school because I was willing to make good connections with other kids. I learned this through the IXs school store and interviewing people for the XIIIs Newspaper.” As many of the current XIIIs have just received their high school acceptances, they are beginning to figure out how they will keep in touch with their classmates after they graduate. Since the school year is ending soon, they are trying to make the most of the time left with their teachers, other groups, and each other. When Audrey was a XIII, she thought the same thing. She said, “I was really nervous going into high school, wondering about my friends and if we would stay in touch. Once I was at high school, I realized I did not have that much to be worried about.” Eloise agreed and said, “I joined the cross-country team and made many friends through that club, so I recommend joining a club so you can create better friendships.” Finally, Leo responded, “I went from a 27 person group to 450 and even though the numerical difference is vast, I learned that we are all 14 and 15. We all have different interests.” Overall, the big takeaway of the night was related to the communicative skills that City and Country teaches their students. The graduates all agreed that those skills were the most useful ones they learned.