We’re delighted to extend a special Dwight tradition that comes every year at this time: spotlighting graduating seniors who share a history that goes back to their first days together in Kindergarten — members of Dwight's 13-year Club.
This year, we welcome more members in a single year than we have had in quite a long time with nine students! They, along with fellow members of the Class of 2021, celebrated their final milestone last week at Graduation and we want to salute them: Barrie Davis, Chloe Droumenq, Daniel Halpern, Isabella Halpern, Alexandra Kroutoi, Skyler Rosenberg, Jordan Sotomayor, Chase Stenberg, and Hugo Welsh.
While the end of the school year was an especially busy time for them and all our seniors, we asked this year’s “Dwight lifers” to answer a few questions before heading off to the next chapter in their lives. Here’s what a few had to say:
Jordan Sotomayor ’21
What is your spark of genius? Investing
How has Dwight fostered your spark of genius? Spark Tank allowed me to experiment with projects and practice pitching my ideas. That was critical for my spark of genius. Secondly, being President of the high school Business and Investment Club gave me tons of experience with investing and leading a team.
What is your favorite memory or what have you enjoyed most about Dwight? My friends
What college will you attend? University of Miami
What do you want to major in — and what might you want to pursue as a career? I intend to study Finance and will most likely be in the financial services industry.
Chloe Droumenq ’21
What is your spark of genius? My spark of genius is research. I adore being able to delve into a topic and expand on the knowledge I learned in class.
How has Dwight fostered your spark of genius? Dwight has fostered this spark of genius through an emphasis on long-term research projects throughout the grades — the fifth grade PYP Exhibition, eighth grade project, tenth grade Personal Project, and IB Diploma Program’s internal assessments and Extended Essay. For all of these, I was able to find a subject I was interested in and work with teachers to research it in-depth.
What is your favorite memory or what have you enjoyed most about Dwight? What I have enjoyed most is the sense of community I have felt in all of my classes, being geared towards discussion and collaboration. This ranges from my Lower School teachers finding creative methods to foster imagination during their lessons to my high school teachers encouraging problem solving through collaborative efforts.
What college will you attend? I will be attending Smith College!
What do you want to major in — and what might you want to pursue as a career? I’m not entirely set on one major quite yet, but I know it will consist of something within the sciences.
Chase Stenberg ’21
What is your spark of genius? My time at Dwight has helped greatly to ignite my ever-increasing interest in the study of psychology and how various events of the past have occurred due to people’s thought processes, values, and belief systems.
How has Dwight fostered your spark of genius? Dwight has helped to kindle my interests and to become more knowledgeable, self-aware, and ethical.
What is your favorite memory or what have you enjoyed most about Dwight? My favorite memory is pulling the Dwight Lion's tail at our annual ice skating party!
What college will you attend? Either Tulane University or the University of Virginia
What do you want to major in — and what might you want to pursue as a career? Perhaps psychology, economics, or something else.
No matter what these grads pursue or where they go, they will always share the special bond of having traveled their entire Dwight journey together!