Congratulations to 2013 New School Montessori Alumnae: Shelby Ewing and Maia Kiniyalocts for being honored as CPS valedictorians and to Ben Halsted, Marcus Goodman and Shelby Ewing for being named as National Merit Scholars.
Aiden graduated from Clark Montessori High School where he was active in the school’s steel drum band and soccer team (junior varsity and varsity soccer) from 7th through 12th grade. He worked as a Lunken Flight Training Center employee for 3 years and has been involved in flight school for 2 years. Aiden’s interests outside of flying include rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking.
At The New School, Aiden learned to play set drums with teacher Brendan Blumer and hand drums with club leader Bauku Moses. Aiden shares some of the impact The New School has had on him saying, “TNSM taught me to be an active part of whatever community I’m engaged in, and I also learned leadership and confidence in my abilities to make informed decisions, which certainly helps when flying an airplane.”
Aiden plans to finish his Private Pilot License (PPL) this month and will attend Western Michigan University College of Aviation this fall, where he will learn to fly more advanced aircraft including commercial airplanes, float planes, and helicopters. His longer term plans are to fly commercial airlines, and he is very interested in Search & Rescue and Disaster Relief aviation.
Annabel graduated Suma Cum Laude from Cincinnati Country Day School and believes her experience at TNSM helped her thrive in school. Her high school teachers consistently praised her ability for creative problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking. However, thanks to TNSM, Annabel struggles to keep her shoes on all day and can often be found lying on the floor in the hallways doing her homework or taking a test on a clipboard “Montessori style” because she swears it helped her grades.
Annabel co-founded her school’s Mock Trial team which placed 5th in the city this year and she won the outstanding attorney award for her team. She also won the theater award for her dedication to the arts both in and out of school. Over the years, Annabel continued to study musical theater with CCM Prep. She spent two summers in Italy studying with Music Academy International and performed in several local professional productions.
This past spring, Annabel went to Chicago and auditioned to be a performer with Disneyland Hong Kong. She was offered 2 consecutive employment contracts and will be taking a gap year to pursue this amazing opportunity. Her family and friends could not be more proud or excited for her!
Marcus Goodman graduated cum laude from Walnut Hills High School and is a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
Claire felt that The New School’s experiential learning program helped prepare her for Seven Hills High School’s unique academic courses and various teaching methods saying, “The quantitative learning experience preparation that began as soon as I entered TNSM’s (6-9) program and through the (9-12) experience followed me as I completed Middle School and High School at Seven Hills.” Claire swam on the Women’s Varsity Swim Team for all 4 years of high school, taking two trips to the State meet. She still plans on swimming in college for her university’s club team. Claire studied Latin for three years of high school and took a nine-day trip with then current and former Latin students to Greece and Italy where she discovered her interest in classical studies, specifically art history.
Claire will be attending Loyola University Chicago next year, majoring in international relations with a minor in art history. She hope to study at Loyola’s Rome campus in the future as she pursues her degree.
Maia graduated valedictorian of her class at Clark Montessori High School. While there, she participated in multiple intersessions across the globe: Andros Island Bahamas, Hilo Hawaii, Chicago Illinois, and Birmingham Alabama. Her most recent intersession took her to Sofia, Bulgaria where she stayed with a host family and traveled throughout Sofia, Plovdiv, and Stara Zagora playing the piano in a jazz ensemble with fellow classmates and Bulgarian students from the National Academy of Music. In addition to Maia’s travels she was a four-year Varsity athlete and 2 year team captain in Cross Country, taking the women’s team to their first ever Regional appearance two years in a row and breaking the school’s 5K record. She played Ultimate Frisbee for 6 years while at Clark, participating in the USA Ultimate 2018 Ohio Girl’s State Championships. She also participated in the student run Theater Program, EPIC, across eight productions, acting as the producer her junior year and the director her senior year.
Maia thought often of her 6th grade senior project, and after completing her 48-page senior thesis on “How Social Media affects Globalism, Nationalism and the Political Process”, she commented, “This year-long research project reminded me of the senior project on Computer Animation I completed at The New School. I felt prepared with this and every other writing project at Clark because of the foundation that was built at TNSM”
Maia is excited to be moving to the nation’s capital, studying at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She attributes her travels with both The New School Montessori and Clark Montessori to fostering her desire to study abroad. Both schools have taught her how to be a global citizen and she is eager to continue to learn nationally and globally.
Maggie attended Walnut Hills High School and was inducted into the Cum Laude Society for academic excellence. While at Walnut, she played both the cello and piano in the Chamber Orchestra, competed in a number of piano competitions, and was a featured pianist with the WHHS Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” as well as performing Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” She earned two merit piano scholarships to UC’s CCM preparatory and was also a member of the CCM prep senior ballet company as a soloist and a two time ballet merit scholarship winner.
At Walnut, Maggie was also co-president of the Community Action Team, the oldest and one of the largest clubs at the school, and ran a dance marathon fundraiser for Caracole in addition to other monthly service activities. She took her love of volunteering to ballet where she taught Levels 1 to 3 ballet classes. During the past two summers, Maggie worked as a lifeguard at Clifton Meadows and also taught children’s swim lessons. Maggie credits TNSM for her optimistic attitude, deeper thinking, and creativity along with a love of the great outdoors which inspired her to not only become a beekeeper but an adventurer in the world.
Maggie will be attending Boston College in the fall. She plans to double major in biology and art history.
Michael graduated with honors from Wyoming High School. He was active in GSA, serving as vice president for two years then president his senior year. He plans to start his undergraduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan this fall, majoring in environment and society. He remains grateful to The New School for shaping his young life.