2015 alumni share future plans

Amelia Dustman

Amelia graduated from Seabury Hall in Maui, Hawaii. She continued her study and practice of ballet and contemporary dance with the varsity dance company throughout her four years there. Amelia was involved in student government and spent her summers volunteering at a camp for children with special needs.

In the fall, Amelia will be attending The American University of Paris with plans to study history, law and society. She attributes her love of global learning to the lessons taught at The New School Montessori.




Ella Gilbreath

Ella graduated from Cincinnati Country Day School and is heading to Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota this fall to study computer animation with hopes of working one day in children’s TV animation. She also has a passion for paleontology and may pursue a degree in that someday.


Ella has found her volunteer work with Cincinnati Lab Rescue to be very rewarding.  She regrets that COVID-19 has made volunteering more difficult, as she would like to spend even more time finding forever homes for abandoned dogs.


When considering what The New School Montessori has meant to Ella, she had many fond memories and credits TNSM with helping foster her love of many things, including literature which has continued to grow and deepen throughout her high school years. 


Ella is grateful to TNSM for her opportunity to enjoy Shakespeare’s works through TNSM’s Shakespeare Club, saying that she was able to appreciate the work in such a deep way that many others she’s met along the way never had the opportunity to experience. Ella said, “I think TNSM helped encourage me to pursue interests I was passionate about at a young age, and I especially thank Robin and Jeff for encouraging my love of art and theater (to the point that I’m pursuing it as a career)”


Phillip Kogan

This fall, Phillip will attend the University of Cincinnati Medical Sciences with a plan to go on to medical school after graduation. In high school, the things that meant the most to Phillip included playing tennis (where he played 1st singles since freshman year and was a state qualifier this year ) and continuing in his study of violin, where he played for the chamber orchestra. Phillip was a member of academic clubs like science Olympiad and math team. He loved the variety of people he encountered at Walnut Hills High School and appreciated how wonderfully talented everyone was in their own way.

Phillip is grateful for his experience as a student at TNSM saying, “The New School really helped me develop a deep respect for all of my peers and teachers and allowed me to form natural relationships with classmates and advisors at Walnut. Looking back, the opportunity to really get to know everyone and learn to work through things together at The New School had a tremendous impact on my high school experience. I loved everything about it! It’s a truly unique experience that helps a lot in high school.”


Christopher Maring

Christoper will attend Carleton College this fall with possible majors in physics, economics, and environmental studies and will be swimming on Carleton’s varsity men’s swim team.

At Seven Hills High School, Christopher was involved in a number of sports teams, musical groups and clubs. He was a member of the swim team and captain his senior year, ran track and cross country, was a science Olympiad, played cello in an instrumental ensemble and was a member of an investing club.

Christopher looks back on his time at TNSM and misses seeing the great friends he made there.

Luka Medvedovic 

Luka will be attending the Ohio State University in the fall as an honors student, studying materials science.

Luka was an honors student and cum laude graduate of Walnut Hills High School. He began rowing his freshman year and went to the Youth Rowing National Regatta in June where he rowed in the varsity 8+ crew for the Cincinnati Juniors Rowing Club.

The New School Montessori taught Luka to do his best work and not just work for a grade. He has fond memories of his time at TNSM.


Sylvie Robinson   

Sylvie graduated from Leaves of Learning.

Throughout high school, Sylvie volunteered at a cat rescue and worked at the neighborhood coffee shop. She enjoyed participating in farming lessons, cinema classes, and pottery classes. She also wrote at WordPlay.

Sylvie says the highlight of her time at TNSM was the academics, and she feels like the teachers were always supportive and encouraging.

She will be attending University of Mount Saint Joseph as a criminal justice major. Her dream is to become a criminal defense attorney.



Ashanti Young

Ashanti graduated from Clark Montessori where she enjoyed being on the swim team and playing steel drums, which brought her closer to her Caribbean roots and culture. Although she graduated from Clark, she majored in violin studies at Walnut Hills.

Ashanti enjoyed growing up in a Montessori environment and felt like she had the freedom to be herself and love everyone around her, broadening her perspective and helping her appreciate the community aspect. Ashanti found her years at TNSM to be happy ones where she loved being a part of such a wonderful family, like “a home away from home.”

Ashanti has plans to attend Moeler Hollywood Beauty School for esthetics, yet is still considering becoming a chef, saying that she really loved her years of  TNSM’s healthy lunches.

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