College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Meet the Class of 2017

Yasmin Alamdeen is the daughter of Vandana Gyandhar and Khaled Adel Alamdeen. Interested in music and theater, she had roles in six Upper School productions and enjoyed her time in Chorus and Chamber Singers. She especially loved the Chorus trip to Italy. Indeed, Yasmin says her confidence comes from these experiences. An avid writer, Yasmin was President of Scroll as well as a Scribe editor. Her poetry won nine Scholastic Writing awards. She was a proud member of Holton’s Chemathon Team and a two-year National Finalist in the National Chemistry Olympiad. An equestrian and a rower, she says crew taught her to “push [herself] beyond [her] limits.” Yasmin did both a science research project and the Junior Journey to Peru, earning a place as a STEM and a Global Scholar. A true global citizen, Yasmin researched the Hajj for her senior project. She has treasured her friendships, her teachers, and the many opportunities Holton has offered her. Yasmin graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Yale University.

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Nora Harris Apt is the daughter of Faith and Dr. Kolman Apt. Devotion to her school and a strong desire to give back have been the hallmarks of Nora’s experience at Holton. Nora is the quintessential good sport. Elected to HAA in the fall of her junior year, she completed 12 seasons on Holton’s athletic teams, playing volleyball, basketball and softball. She was also captain of the basketball and softball teams this year. Her combination of grit, resolve, and friendly competition made her a model in the eyes of teammates and coaches alike. Nora’s leadership continued off the court and field into the community. She was a highly valued Peer Counselor, worked many hours for Boosters and did her Senior Project at Brown House. Nora has shown dedication and loyalty to the school community throughout her time here. Nora graduates with Honors and will attend the University of Richmond.

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Madison Leigh Armitage, known to us as Maddie, is the daughter of Leslie and Clark Armitage, and sister of Carly, class of 2022, and Darcy, class of 2026 and Goddaughter of Laura Havener Hunsicker, class of 1985. She was a four-year member of Orchesis, where she enjoyed dancing and the challenge of choreography. Maddie joined the Chorus when she came to Holton in grade 9 and earned a spot with Chamber Singers her senior year. She embraced the opportunity of global education when she joined her classmates on the Chorus trip to Italy and took a Junior Journey to India this past summer. Maddie has demonstrated her continued interest in global perspectives in her Senior Project, where she joined two other seniors at Café Diem, a culinary adventure whose profits go to UNICEF. Maddie has valued her time at Holton where she was challenged to work hard and to grow as a scholar and an artist. She will attend Franklin & Marshall College, but will begin her college experience with a study abroad program in London.

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Katherine Merrill Babbit is the daughter of Christy and Ross Babbit. Katie has pursued her passion for the performing arts as an active participant in the theater program for the last four years, with roles ranging from Scapin's Hyacinth to Mary Warren in The Crucible. Katie’s artistic pursuits are not limited to the stage, as she loved her experiences as a photographer throughout her Upper School years. Katie showed her interest in Global Education first with a trip to Spain, and then last summer on a Junior Journey trip to Peru where she took a picture of a Peruvian cat that earned her a Scholastic Silver Key award. Katie has also hosted students from Peru and France. Katie has been a Girl Scout for 12 years, where she has just been named a recipient of a Gold Award. In line with many of her other activities, Katie served as co-president of the Happiness Club this year. She is extremely grateful for the time she has spent at Holton. She graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Carleton College.

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Christine Allison Anderson Baca is the daughter of Allison and Kurt Baca. She is a ten-year girl who has been involved in many areas of school life. For all ten years, Christine has played in Holton’s orchestra as a violist and a harpist. Christine has also enjoyed playing the harp with the National Harp Ensemble in Richmond, during the summer. For the past four years, she swam for the Holton Swim team. As a builder, programmer, and Co-President this year, Christine led the Robotics Team to the Botball Tournament where they won a Documentation Award, BotBall Spirit Award and 5th place finish overall. Well done, Christine! This past summer, she interned at a George Washington University lab where she helped to analyze a sea lion’s hydrodynamically efficient clap and build a robotic flipper. For her senior project, Christine built a Sea Perch, a remotely operated underwater vehicle. No surprise, Christine graduates with High Honors and will attend the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering.

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Lillian Grace Baker is the daughter of Mark Baker and Ellen Lokker and the sister of Claire, Class of 2013. Lillian was a 4-year member of Swing Choir and Upper School Chorus. As a junior and senior, she was a peer counselor, and she served as co-president of the club in her senior year. Lillian was a 12 season athlete at Holton. She was a 2-year member of the varsity field hockey and basketball teams, and captain of varsity field hockey in her senior year. Lillian followed in her sister’s footsteps on the varsity softball team and was captain in her junior and senior years. Over four years as Holton’s starting pitcher, Lillian struck out more than a few batters and led the team to tie for first in the upper division of ISL in her junior year. Lillian appreciates the exceptional environment at Holton which helps students to build confidence and develop faith in themselves. Lillian graduates with Highest Honors and will attend the United States Naval Academy.

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Nirupa Balendran is the daughter of Bala and Dakshi Pillai. Nirupa has distinguished herself in her Upper School years by the many ways she has given of herself in the broader community. She served as treasurer of the Community Service Club and has cared for disabled and abused animals at Star Gazing Farm and patients at Holy Cross Germantown Memorial Hospital. Nirupa also enjoyed three years on the Holton crew team, rowing on the varsity eight. Her biology classes here have piqued her interest in how the human body works, and she hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Outside of Holton, she has devoted eight years to the study of Indian classical dance, giving a breathtaking performance to the India MELO group during her junior year. Nirupa is grateful to have spent six years with seventy sisters, people with whom she can talk about anything. Nirupa graduates with Honors and will attend college at Boston University.

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Margaret Ann Primrose Ball is the daughter of Dave Ball and Ann Frizell. In her extracurricular life, Margaret stands out for her two passions: riding and playing the violin. Both have required tremendous commitment. She has been riding horses since she was 9 years old, and she has managed to ride almost daily while at Holton - no small feat. She competes with her two horses Punch and Kyle on the A/ double A Circuit. Margaret has also greatly enjoyed playing violin in Holton’s String and Chamber Orchestras for many years. While these are her most visible activities, Margaret also gives significant time to community service. Her summer service trips to West Virginia with her church youth group have been especially important to her. As she leaves Holton, Margaret will value most her memories of her Global Education trip to India as well as the lasting impact her teachers have had on her. Margaret graduates with High Honors and will attend Carleton College.

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Breyer Hawkins Banfield is the daughter of Lisa and Landon Banfield. Both her mother and her aunt, Dale Anderson Banning, are members of the class of 1981. Breyer is a ten year girl. Breyer enjoys being part of a team, wherein in Upper School, she was a varsity swimmer for four years and she played JV lacrosse, serving as captain in her sophomore year. Breyer is proud to have been a four-year member of the Blue/White Team leadership, including her service as president and co-captain of the Blue team. In addition, she was extensively involved in the Think Pink Club her junior and senior years, where she helped to start the Powder Puff football fundraiser at Landon. Last summer, Breyer travelled with her classmates to India and also spent time volunteering locally with the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. As her senior project Breyer trained to become a firefighter and E.M.T. According to Breyer, this experience has been the most profound and exciting of her life. As a result, she expects to pursue a career in the medical field. Breyer graduates with Honors and will attend the University of Maryland.

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Olivia Anne Barnello is the daughter of Michael and Susie Barnello. In addition to carrying a heavy academic load, Olivia has also devoted much time to the Holton swim team and community service. She was co-captain of the team this year and a driving force behind the team’s many successes in this banner year. She has also contributed her time and energy to various causes, including the Special Olympics and Scotland Storm, where she tutored elementary school children. Last year’s Junior Journey to India was eye-opening for Olivia. She feels inspired and transformed by the experience. Olivia also has a passion for adventure, and she has visited six out of the seven continents with her family. Olivia is thankful for the sisterhood and the sense of community that Holton provides. She graduates with Honors and is headed to Cornell University, where she will study hotel administration.


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Anjali Berdia is the daughter of Sonya and Sunjay Berdia. Anjali was the quintessential student journalist in her Upper School years, serving as Editor in Chief of Scribbler for two years and Layout Editor of Scroll this year. Her keen attention to detail and affinity for layout have led to significant updating of the school newspaper, the introduction of Scribbling, the newspaper's website, and another Gold Crown award for Scroll. Outside of the Publications Room, Anjali brought her top-notch game to the tennis court as number three singles for three seasons on the varsity team. A highlight of her tennis career was winning ISLs her senior year. Anjali is passionate about protecting the environment, leading school wide activities each year in her two years as president of the Environmental Awareness Club. Don't let her see you using a plastic water bottle! Anjali will graduate with Highest Honors and will attend the University of Pennsylvania.


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Leanora Caroline Berthiaume is the daughter of David Berthiaume and Laura Farthing Berthiaume, class of 1982, and the sister of Alexandra, class of 2013. Outside of her academic classes, Lea has enjoyed sports including cross country and swimming, as well as artistic pursuits including singing in the Chorus and Chamber Singers and taking a Drawing and Painting Major. Lea has been a student leader during her time at Holton, holding positions as PUNCH co-president, Culinary Club co-president, Animal Rights Club President, Track and Field co-captain, and member of RA for four years. Lea has a natural gift for language. Already fluent in French, she has spent her years here learning Chinese. She would like to thank Ms. Jiang for helping her to appreciate and love the language. Lea would like to thank all of the wonderful and inspiring teachers she has had, especially Mrs. Greene for always taking the time to check in, and Mrs. Scherbel for being so kind and supportive. Lea graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Princeton University on an ROTC Scholarship.

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Ariel Caron Booker is the daughter of Erica Booker and sister of Adriel, class of 2021. Ariel has impressed everyone who has worked with her with her diligence, sense of responsibility, and generosity to others. She has been involved in the Black Student Union since 9th grade and a passionate photography major since 10th grade. She has exhibited work for the last 3 years in Holton’s Fotoweek, and she has won two Scholastic Art Awards for Photography. She has been a member of the Holton Crew team as a coxswain since 9th grade, and she received the prestigious Beebe award last year and MVP for crew this spring. Outside of school, Ariel is a photographer and volunteer at Central Union Mission. Ariel graduates with Honors and will be attending Bucknell University next year, where she will serve as a coxswain for the Women’s Rowing team.



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Lindley Irene Burnam is the daughter of Warren and Renee Burnam. Inducted into the International Thespians Honor Society as a freshman, Lindley spent as much time as possible in drama productions – acting, singing and providing all kinds of tech support. She was a model for those with whom she worked in terms of her dedication to duty and the pleasure she drew from the glorious productions of which she was a part. She enjoyed her experience as a member of Chamber Singers and Chorus and she appreciated the opportunity to travel in Italy as part of the Concert Tour. Lindley is especially devoted to her writing and Latin studies. She is also a certified sailing instructor and has sailed competitively since age 12, serving as Fleet Captain and Race Commander at Deep Creek Lake. Lindley graduates with Highest Honors and will attend the College of William and Mary.

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Rebecca Chan is the daughter of Sunghee Kim and Hing Chan and cousin of Rhea Chung, class of 2012. Rebecca has embraced life at Holton from playing the trumpet in jazz band, to serving in Boosters. A talented figure skater, Rebecca earned golds in both moves in the fields and free skate. Rebecca spent two summers working at Walter Reed, where she pursued her interest in research and medicine. She would like to thank Mrs. Hansen for teaching her the necessary skills of growth-mindset and resilience. Highlights of Rebecca’s Upper School career have been Scroll, Chorus, and her English War and Lit class. She would like to thank Ms. Salata for helping her find her voice, Mrs. Pagenstecher for emphasizing the importance of expressing gratitude and, and her classmates for being such supportive friends. Rebecca graduates with High Honors and will attend the United States Naval Academy.

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Zoe Pei Ying Chen is the daughter of Carmen Cheng and Steven Chen. She is a ten-year girl. Zoe has carried a heavy academic load of honors and AP courses, and appeared to do it all without breaking a sweat. Her extracurricular interests at Holton have ranged widely. She was first alto saxophonist and soloist in the Holton-Arms Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, programmer for the robotics team, actress in school theatre productions, and co-president of Asia Club. When not drinking bubble tea and enjoying rare moments of downtime, Zoe has devoted much of her summers flexing and expanding her cybersecurity chops at local internships, online cyber defense training camps, and hacker conferences in Las Vegas. She is grateful for the leadership skills, self-confidence, self-expression, and flexibility Holton has helped to cultivate in her. Zoe graduates with Highest Honors and will study Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.

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Sarah Elizabeth Christner is the daughter of Richard and Donna Christner. Sarah has been a major contributor to Holton music throughout her Upper School life. As a sophomore, she travelled to Italy with her fellow musicians on the Holton Concert Tour. Playing the flute, she was a member of Wind Ensemble for four years. She was first chair in both the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra for the last 3 years, and as a senior, Sarah served as president of Wind Ensemble. In addition, Sarah has played in the pit orchestra for three years for Holton and Landon musical productions. Sarah is also a successful athlete. She played volleyball at both the JV and Varsity level for four years and played on the Softball team for three. For her senior project, she volunteered at the Poplar Springs Animal shelter where she helped to care for abused and abandoned farm animals. Sarah graduates with High Honors and will attend Colgate University.

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Madeline Grace Croke is the daughter of Ana Maria Lim and Paul James Croke. Madeline is a ten year girl. A passionate musician, Madeline played the viola in the Holton orchestra and chamber orchestra. She was also a mainstay in Holton’s Improv Troupe. Madeline’s commitment to making the world a better place was another constant in her life. She became involved in social justice issues through her church, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement through vigils and fundraisers. After adopting her dog Sadie, Madeline started volunteering at the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, a non-profit devoted to saving abandoned pets. As Madeline leaves Holton for the last time, she feels especially grateful to her English teachers, who helped her to capture her voice on the page. Her teachers, in turn, will miss Madeline’s insight and her sense of humor. Madeline will attend Loyola University New Orleans.


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Olivia Lee Daneker is the daughter of Amy Kwak and Michael Daneker. Olivia is a ten year girl. Known to her friends for her maturity, steadiness, and sense of responsibility to others, Olivia was a driving force on the varsity soccer and cross country teams. She was also a four year varsity starter at second base for the varsity softball team. She is most proud of her induction into HAA and receiving ISL AA Honors in her junior year. For the past four years, Olivia worked as a writer, News Editor, and Lead Layout Editor of Scribbler. She is also an accomplished photographer, winning the Photographers Forum Finalist Award the past two years. Olivia is a believer in Global Education, taking trips to both Spain and Peru where she had unforgettable adventures. Olivia graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Rice University.


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Maya Das is the daughter of Anu and Shas Das. Her aunt, Anitha Vempaty Shrikhande, is a member of the Class of 1994. Maya is a ten year girl. She has been a leader on the varsity tennis team throughout her time in Upper School. Maya has been a nationally ranked player since the age of 10, winning many singles and doubles titles at the regional and national levels. She has traveled the country to play and trained in Paris at the Lagardere tennis facility. Maya has been instrumental in helping Holton reach the ISL Championships all four years and take home two titles. In addition, Maya has been a mainstay on Scribbler throughout her high school career, serving as Managing and Web Editor her senior year. Maya went to India last summer on a Junior Journey, and she graduates as a Global Scholar. Maya graduates with High Honors and will attend the University of Virginia, where she will play Division I tennis and write for the school newspaper.


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Erin Victoria Davis is the daughter of Dr. Jessica Wyant and Eric Davis. Swimming has long been Erin’s greatest passion. She swam for and outside of Holton and her training regimen extends from early morning into the afternoons and weekends. She was elected captain of the Holton team her senior year, and this experience taught her what it takes to be a leader. Erin’s greatest academic interest sprouted in Mrs. Chen’s 7th grade science class, and she hopes to be a physician one day. Erin’s community service has been impressive. In her sophomore year, she organized a Jeans Drive for homeless teens and children in the DC area. She has also volunteered at the Latino Student Fund and organized a book drive for Pakistani Girls’ Schools. Erin has written for Scribbler all four years, serving as Blog Editor in her senior year. Erin graduates as a Global Scholar and will attend the University of Pittsburgh.


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Leah Alana Eastment is the daughter of Cynthia and Thomas Eastment. Her sister, Elsa, will be joining Holton this fall as a member of the class of 2023. A talented and accomplished artist, Leah enjoyed her time in the art studio, where, as a Drawing & Painting Major, she produced works that show technical skill, imagination, and attention to detail. For her senior project, Leah painted portraits of women in STEM fields as a way to combine two of her interests, art and science. As a Junior, she was selected for the National Gallery of Art’s High School Seminar and she has participated in art shows at Holton, Landon, and Glen Echo. Each year, Leah showed her athletic prowess as a member of Holton’s JV and Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Softball teams. A global scholar, Leah was an active member of the Environmental Awareness Club and she made two trips abroad, to Spain for the Summer Immersion trip and a Junior Journey to India. Leah graduates with High Honors and will attend Villanova University.

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Soleine Emily Fechter is the daughter of Dr. Joel and Olivia Fechter. She is a ten year girl. Throughout her time at Holton, Soleine has thrived musically, athletically, and academically. She sang with the chorus every year since third grade, joined Swing Choir in her sophomore year, and served as president in her senior year. Soleine has also distinguished herself on the lacrosse field, serving as a co-captain this year. For the past three years she played at the varsity level and was recognized as the Most Valuable Attacker for the past two years. Yet, what is most impressive about Soleine is her embodiment of the most important qualities of Kindness, Empathy, Respect, Integrity, and Gratitude. She graced us each day with her enormous generosity of spirit. Elected to Cum Laude in her junior year, Soleine graduates with Highest Honors and will attend the University of Pennsylvania.



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Clara Cooper Ferrari is the daughter of Alison Cooper. A talented performer, Clara has devoted much time to Upper School Chorus and Holton drama productions including Scapin. A Few Good Men, and The Crucible. Clara also sang with the Children’s Chorus of Washington for nine years and served as staff writer and Managing Editor of Scribbler. Ever since Mr. Cutts’s 8th grade history class, Clara has been intrigued by the story of Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton. She volunteered as a tour guide at the Clara Barton National Historic Site, where she amassed over 700 hours of community service over a three-year-period before the house closed for renovation. For her Senior Project, Clara worked to create a musical based on the life of Clara Barton. She has also spent two summers working at the carousel at Glen Echo Park. Co-president of Tour Guides, co-founder of Knitting Club, and center fielder for the varsity softball team, Clara will miss the community more than she can say. Clara graduates with High Honors and will be attending Wellesley College.

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Alexandra Priestley Fraser is the daughter of John and Kimberley Fraser and the sister of Nikki, Class of 2011. Alexandra has given much to the Holton community with her impressive performance in athletics. She served as soccer captain in the last two years and led the lacrosse team in her senior year. Alexandra also loved her community service as a volunteer at the National Center for Children and Families, the Special Olympics, and at an NGO while in India. Alexandra is a global scholar who has traveled broadly. She went to New Orleans in eighth grade, to Spain on the Spanish Immersion trip before tenth grade, and to India on a Junior Journey last summer. Alexandra was also active in clubs. She was the vice president of SAC in her senior year, and a member of both Think Pink and Girl Up. She has valued her nine years of close relationships with teachers at Holton and she thanks them for all they have done for her. Alexandra graduates with Honors and will attend Bucknell University.



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Jayla Marie Frith is the daughter of April Brown and Derrick Frith. Jayla has been an exceptional leader at Holton and beyond. In Upper School, she served as junior vice-president, senior class president, peer counselor in 11th and 12th grades, and co-president of the Girl Up Club in grades 9–12. In the athletic arena, Jayla played JV basketball in grade 9 and varsity basketball from 10th – 12th. Outside of school, Jayla has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. She takes pride in her trips to Mexico to build houses with Esperanza International during the past two summers and her junior journey to India. She has developed her creative side with ceramics, and the studio is where she spends much of her free time. The senior class gift reflects not only Jayla’s love of ceramics, but also her love of Holton. When asked how she wanted the Class of 2017 to be remembered, she said, “I simply want us to set good examples for the rest of the Upper School.” Jayla, we all hope to follow your lead. Jayla is a Global Scholar, graduates with Honors and will attend the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations as a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar.

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Jordan Fues is the daughter of Eric Jay and Liza Ann Fues. Ever since Jordan entered Holton in the 5th grade, English has been her favorite class. She also found joy in photography and took classes throughout Upper School. Both English and photography were especially meaningful to her because they carved out a time to express herself creatively. Her inspiring photographs have earned multiple awards, most notably Runner Up in Photography for the Congressional Art Competition in 2017. Jordan was a part of the Jewish Culture Club, serving as Vice President her senior year. During her junior and senior years, Jordan explored Holton’s theatrical realm, taking on roles in the winter productions: A Few Good Men and The Crucible. Outside of Holton, she has worked at American Plant since sophomore year. Through this experience, she has gained valuable insight about herself and others. Jordan graduates with High Honors and will attend Carleton College.


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Sophie Gary is the daughter of Eric Gary and Bela Briscoe Gary. She is a ten year girl. A four year member of Varsity tennis and two year captain, Sophie helped the team bring home 2 ISL titles. A naturally reserved person, Sophie was taught by coach Yann Auzoux to unleash her "feisty" side-- he transformed Sophie from a shy player into a fierce competitor. A science fanatic, Sophie credits Mrs. Hansen's Molecular/Microbiology class with igniting in her a passion for all things life science. Sophie followed this interest into AP Biology, and she completed her senior project working in the field at the J. Craig Venter Institute. When not in class or on the court, Sophie could be found at her table outside the second floor science rooms, aptly named "Sophie's Place." Sophie is grateful for her friends and 70 sisters in her class, and every teacher at Holton, as they all have had a tremendous impact on her life. Sophie is especially thankful for Mrs. Hansen, who fueled Sophie's love for science and served as an incredible role model. Sophie will attend the University of Rochester.


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Maryam Rose Gilanshah is the daughter of Amir and Renee Gilanshah. She is a 10 year girl. If one looks closely, one might find Maryam’s footprints on the stage of Lewis Theater. Not only did she take part in eight Holton productions, but also she delighted her audience as a member of Improv, Holton and Landon’s comedy troupe. Serving for four-years on RA, Maryam was Assistant Director in her junior year, and RA Director her senior year, a position she enjoyed enormously. She took a Junior Journey to Peru where she “bonded with my classmates and had a unique chance to know a culture up close.” In the classroom, Maryam enjoyed writing, especially her 10th grade term paper about the Kennedy family and an 11th grade analysis of Pride and Prejudice, entitled Collinsoscopy: An Examination of William Collins. For her senior project, Maryam produced a podcast that centered on the history and diversity of comedy. There’s no doubt that Maryam inspired much laughter during her time here, and, as she graduates today, there will be more than a few tears. Maryam graduates with Highest Honors and will attend George Washington University.


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Caroline Parker Gilbert is the daughter of Dr. James and Suzanne Gilbert, sister of Kate, Class of 2019 and Mary Claire, class of 2025 and the niece of Kathryn Gilbert, class of 1978. Parker is a ten year girl. An accomplished ceramics artist, Parker has been working with clay since her freshman year. She received two recognitions at the Scholastic Art Award Competition, one for her yellow water bottles which earned her a Gold Key Award and which was inspired by Dr. Wilson. Parker is also justifiably proud of the Think Pink Club, which she founded and served as co-president for the past two years. Think Pink’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Their hallmark event is the Holton-Landon Powder Puff game, which has raised over $7,000 since its inception. A Global Scholar, Parker graduates with Honors and will attend Southern Methodist University.


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Sarah Allison Greisdorf is the daughter of Steven and Karen Greisdorf and the sister of Katherine Greisdorf, class of 2021. A passionate student of computer science, Sarah has worked mightily to bring coding initiatives to Holton to encourage more girls to pursue technology. Sarah founded the 3D printing and computer programming club in her freshman year and has served as president ever since. In addition, she led the Robotics Team and initiated the annual Hour of Code which has become a requirement for all students. Her passion extends beyond the Holton community where she developed and ran a workshop to teach underserved girls the programming language HTML for which she earned her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2017. Sarah’s love of learning and commitment to activities such as peer counseling and student council earned her the Alumnae Scholar Award as a junior. Sarah graduates with High Honors and will attend Boston University.


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Aleja Corazon Hertzler-McCain is the daughter of Douglas Hertzler and Jodi-Beth McCain, and the sister of Elizabeth, a member of the class of 2020. An accomplished violinist, Aleja came to Holton in seventh grade to play in the orchestra. A highlight of her musical career was the chance to play from the score of Schindler’s List on the Concert Tour in Italy. In addition to music, Aleja is passionate about history and languages and delights in learning both. We saw this side of her as she competed on Holton’s It’s Academic team. Aleja also loves to swim, racing with her teammates for Holton and working at her community pool over the summer, where she taught children to swim. She is grateful to her swim coaches as well as many teachers at Holton who have supported her through the medical challenges of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Aleja graduates with Highest Honors and will be attending Pomona College.


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Katharine Kim Hewlett, is the daughter of Nancy Kim & Charles Hewlett. She is a 10 year girl. For three years, Rinnie has been a star on the varsity softball team, where she played first base and has been recognized by her teammates for her drive to better her game. She has enjoyed Chorus, drawing and painting classes, and backstage work for many theater productions. She loves to work with children, tutoring here in Lower School and at the Latino Student Fund, as well as helping teach Mrs. Eby’s sixth grade science class for her senior project.

While she has many interests, nothing tops Rinnie’s love for science (just ask her about squid!). Mrs. Hansen’s MMB class has been her favorite at Holton, and her summer research internship at USUHS that focused on MRSA and antibiotic resistance further sparked her passion for biology. Rinnie graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Brown University.


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Whitney Wong (Wei Wei) Hsu is the daughter of Walter and Amber Hsu, and the niece of Leslie Hsu, class of 1989. Wei Wei is a ten year girl. She has pursued all the arts at Holton, minoring in Photography and Painting and Drawing and this year majoring in ceramics, where she found the 3D medium and construction elements very appealing. She received honorable mention from the Scholastic Art Awards for her black and white textured vase. Having never designed clothing before, Wei Wei pushed beyond her comfort zone to create a senior line for Punch this spring. She also participated in the Bot Ball competition. She appreciated the Global Perspectives class that prepared her for her Junior Journey to India, where she embraced the food and enjoyed her homestay. She continues to keep in touch with her host sister. Wei Wei played lacrosse all four years and has really enjoyed her senior year on the varsity team. She particularly treasures her time with her teammates. Wei Wei graduates with Honors and will attend Bucknell University.


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Meghan Elizabeth Hunter is the daughter of Chuck Hunter and Jacqualynne Wilmore-Hunter and the sister of Brittany, Class of 2019. Blessed with a beautiful voice, Meghan was a four year member of Chorus who earned a spot in Swing Choir in grade 10. Megan also sang in the gospel choir at her church, of which her mother was the conductor, as well as in her church’s praise band. Meghan believes that Holton’s music program has influenced her choice to study music in college. Meghan is also very active in community service. She and her family work with Celestial Manna, a community service organization at her church which provides food for people in need. Meghan would like to thank her family for their love and support, particularly her parents who have put up with her for the last eighteen years. Meghan also thanks Ms. Salata and her English class for helping her “gain confidence in my writing abilities,” and her “BSU sisters for helping me to embrace my heritage throughout my high school experience.” Meghan will attend the Conservatory at Lawrence University.


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Gillian Adelaide Hutter is the daughter of Michelle and Christopher Hutter. The breadth and variety of Gillian’s pursuits during her five years at Holton demonstrate her creativity and passion for excellence, her avid curiosity about all things science, and her deep caring for others. As a participant in Holton’s Science Research Program, Gillian spent many hours working at the Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center where she received recognition as a co-author of a research study on the long-term effects of calcium blockers on estrogen independent breast cancer cells. Another summer found Gillian at Purdue University designing and building rockets for which she won the 2016 National Aerospace Challenge. She has also worked on behalf of sea turtles on Bald Head Island in North Carolina where she developed a Sea Turtle Protection System to shield eggs from predators; she has a patent pending on her original design for the apparatus. She graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Johns Hopkins University as a Charles R. Westgate Scholar.


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Mary Iannarone is the daughter of David and Sally Iannarone and the sister of Tess, class of 2014. Mary is a quiet and thoughtful young woman, but as her English teacher Mrs. Case describes her, “Still waters run deep. There’s a lot going on in there, and it’s been a pleasure to watch her grow.” Mary says that of all her classes, Photography and English were her favorites. As early as 9th grade, she demonstrated a fondness and talent for photography, so it is no surprise that she became a photography editor for Scribe during her senior year. Photography allowed her to capture the world in a different but just as effective way as did her personal writing in English class, where she demonstrated her powerful gift for storytelling. Mary graduates as a Global Scholar having participated in the Junior Journey to India and the Global Perspectives class. Mary graduates with Honors and will attend Northeastern University.


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Meera Ilahi is the daughter of Nausheen and Nadeem Ilahi. She is a ten-year girl. A friend and confidant of her peers, Meera is a true leader. Her many activities and strong relationships have helped her grow into the warm and generous young woman she is. As an RA Representative and Honor Council President her senior year, she embodied the ideals of integrity and self-reliance, while taking seriously her responsibility to uphold the standards by which the school expects all students to live. Meera has been a member of the crew team for four years and was team captain and received the Beebe award this past year. She has been a ceramics major for the past three years. Her work with clay has won her multiple Scholastic Art awards and also inspired her to consider architecture as a possible career path. Meera graduates with Honors will be attending the University of Edinburgh.


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Caitlyn Nicole Johnson is the daughter of Deon and Cristina Johnson. Caitlyn came to Holton in grade 4. An active member of the Black Student Union and Community Service Club throughout Upper School, Caitlyn helped to raise awareness of pressing social issues, especially those involving race. Caitlyn’s love of science led her to internships involving microbiology over the past two summers at the Carnegie Institute of Washington, where she gained experience in a research lab. Caitlyn’s other activities ranged from volleyball to ceramics to participation in diversity conferences. In summer 2017, she went on a Junior Journey to Peru, where homestays and collaboration with three different NGOs allowed her to understand differences in culture. Always positive, personable, and willing to give advice, Caitlyn has acted as a great role model for the underclassmen in her advisory group. Her senior project focused on the relationship between socio-economic status and healthcare as she shadowed an orthopedic surgeon and volunteered at a local hospital. Caitlyn graduates with High Honors and will attend Washington University in St. Louis.


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Ava Nevere Jundanian is the daughter of Nicole and Lee Jundanian. Ava came to Holton Arms in fourth grade and has been very happy with her choice of school. She considers herself lucky to have traveled to both Spain and Peru where she was pushed out of her comfort zone and encouraged to improve her Spanish. Aside from travel, Ava most enjoyed the time she spent studying science in Upper School. Last summer Ava completed an internship at a biochemistry lab at Georgetown University where she worked on Cyclic AMP receptor proteins. A two-year member of the award-winning Chemathon team, Ava credits Mr. Duan with inspiring her love of Chemistry- a subject she plans to study in college. As she prepares for that next step, Ava would like to thank her parents for their wonderful support. Ava graduates with Highest Honors and will attend the University of Virginia.



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Olivia Rachel Kane is the daughter of Kevin and Jill Kane and the sister of Meredith Kane, class of 2019 and Dani Kane, class of 2021. A committed and competitive soccer player, Olivia entered Holton as a ninth grader and immediately made an impact on the varsity soccer team. Her speed and footwork helped the team get to an ISL Championship game. After an injury sidelined her for much of her sophomore year, Olivia took off her junior season to focus on her club team and the recruiting process. She came back to Holton soccer in her senior year, where she was a role model and helped lead a very young Holton team to the to the ISL Championship game, while earning All-ISL recognition and All-Met honorable mention. This self-proclaimed math-lete graduates with Highest Honors and will play Division I soccer at Princeton University.



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Yeon Soo (Kimberly) Kim, Kimberly is the daughter of Yunkyung and Jongeun Kim, and the cousin of Pamara Chang, class of 2007, Angela Chang, class of 2008, and Michelle Jang, class of 2019. A gifted artist with a wide range of interests, Kimberly has enjoyed her time in the art studios. As a Ceramics Major and Drawing and Painting Major, Kimberly demonstrated her passion and creative spirit, as she produced work that showcased her sharp eye and attention to detail. Her keen interest in fine arts led her to pursue a five-week Pre-College program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore last summer. There, Kimberly experienced a true college lifestyle as she stayed in the freshman dorms with two roommates, dined in the local hotspots and cafes, and majored in Oil Painting. As a senior, Kimberly served as a source of inspiration not only for her classmates, but also for underclassmen. Outside of school, Kimberly has been an avid volunteer at Star Gazing Farm since her freshman year, where she works with animals who have not enjoyed the tender loving care that Kimberley offers, especially to dogs. Kimberly graduates with High Honors and will attend Boston University.


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Mia Alexandra Mambu Kimboko is the daughter of Rachel Kimboko and David Walker. Mia came to Holton in grade 6 and has been active in serving the community from the start. Her two favorite activities have been Peer Counseling, where she served as co- president this year, and as Team Manager of 9 different athletic teams. Way to go, Mia! Mia was a dedicated and responsible member of these groups! She was also a valuable member of Chorus, and Chamber Singers in her senior year. Mia enjoyed her junior journey to Peru and believes the connection she made with her host family is something she will never forget. Mia says that the relationships she has formed with friends, teachers, and coaches have made her time at Holton extraordinary. She wants to thank Mrs. Levi-Wood and Mrs. Siburt for advising peer counselors, and give a special shout out to Ms. Keener and Ms. Treadwell. Mia graduates with Honors and will be attending Fordham University.


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Anneliese Noel King is the daughter of David and Rosaleen King. Anneliese’s talent, work ethic, and dedication to Holton programs in athletics and the arts make a combination little short of remarkable. Her sports include Varsity Volleyball, where she served as captain her sophomore and senior years, and Varsity Crew, where she was captain her senior year. She had the opportunity last week to race at the National Championships of the Scholastic Rowing Association of America. Anneliese was also president of HAA her senior year. At the same time, she excelled in performing arts, in theater and instrumental music, where she served as Principal bassist in the Upper School string ensemble, chamber ensemble, jazz band and quite often the wind ensemble too. She pursued her interest in political activism by joining Spectrum, leading the group as president in her junior and senior years and participating in an impressive number of diversity and leadership conferences. Anneliese will be attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as a committed Division I rower.


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Annelise Lucille Kotz is the daughter of Brad and Renee Kotz and the sister of Allaire, class of 2019. Concerned about the lack of educational opportunity for girls in developing countries, Annelise was inspired to found the Girl Up club her freshman year, and she served as president all four years. Throughout her junior and senior years, she enjoyed her time as a peer counselor, guiding and mentoring younger students in the Holton community. A two sport athlete, Annelise has been on both varsity basketball and varsity lacrosse teams since her freshman year and was captain of both teams in junior and senior year. Although she has received numerous awards, both here at Holton and in the ISL, Annelise hopes to be remembered as one who always played her hardest and put the team first. Her relationships with the faculty and the sisterhood of the Holton community will stay with her forever. Annelise will graduate with High Honors and will attend and play lacrosse at the College of William and Mary.


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Jaden Liu is the daughter of Carol and Andy Liu. Blessed with a quick stick and sharp blades, she was a formidable player on Holton’s Ice Hockey Team for all four years of Upper School, and she captained the team as both a junior and senior. She served as a role model for younger players, and they will surely miss her on the ice next year. Passionate about many issues, Jaden also served as Vice President of Environmental Awareness Club, Senior Leader for HARP, and member of BSU. For her community service project, Jaden volunteered at Basic Concepts, a summer speech and language camp for children with developmental disabilities where her specialty was kindergarten-aged children. She was so committed to this camp, that she has volunteered there every summer since 5th grade. Jaden has a playful spirit and still hopes that one day there will be a mini trampoline in the senior lounge. Jaden graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Hamilton College.


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Marie-Line Catherine Lochard is the daughter of Paul Lochard and Irina Gorbulya. A talented pianist, Marie-Line has performed in public for years, first at Strathmore Mansion, and more recently in two recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York. Growing up trilingual in French, Russian, and English, Marie-Line has a keen interest in global issues. Her Junior Journey to India, where she saw beggars at the gates of opulent mansions, exposed her to the stunning inequality that is sometimes hidden in much of the world. Four years of volunteering at the cardio-vascular unit of Suburban Hospital also allowed Marie-Line to see a side of life many choose not to. At Suburban, she comforted people from all walks of life, many lonely and vulnerable. Here at Holton, Marie-Line has been politically active as president of Young Democrats and writer of powerful editorials for Scribbler. A deep thinker, Marie-Line has particularly enjoyed her courses in history, art history, and English. She credits Ms. Salata, her teacher of three years, for helping her convert “crazy ideas” to prose that is thoughtful, coherent, and convincing. Marie-Line graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Duke University.


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Sejal Katherine Makheja is the daughter of Robert and Sonia Makheja and sister of Alena, Class of 2022. In her seven years here, Sejal built a reputation as a young woman with unusually broad leadership skills who took on challenges well beyond the classroom. At Holton, she worked on Scribbler as staff writer and section editor for Arts and Entertainment, the center spread, and the web connection, secretary and VAMUN head delegate for Model UN, and founder and president of Young Entrepreneurs Club. Sejal also worked mightily to change the lives of others in the Washington area with the Elevator Project, an organization she founded to help lift people out of poverty through job training and mentorship programs. She explained her belief in the ability of young people to change the world in her book, The Unlimited Power of Youth. Maybe Sejal will be the first woman president? Let’s hope so! Sejal graduates with Honors and heads to the College of Business at Cornell University.


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Sydney Morgan Mathis, daughter of Vincent and Katherine Mathis, started at Holton in grade 9. She has worked hard in and out of the classroom and given much to the Holton community. With Boosters, Sydney volunteered at Open Houses, helped at used book sales and represented Holton at other schools in the area. As a peer counselor, Sydney has guided girls from the Classes of 2019 and 2020 during their transition to high school. She has participated in both Model UN and the Black Student Union and plays the flute in Holton’s Wind Ensemble. She is the Senior Teen President of the Prince George’s County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America and has participated in Girl Scouts since kindergarten. Perhaps more than anything else, Sydney made her mark as a competitive swimmer for eleven years. She was a star in Holton swimming and ended her career here as one of three captains who led the team to win both ISLs and WMPSSDLs. Great job, Sydney! Sydney graduates with High Honors and has signed to swim at the University of Virginia.


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Kayleigh Elinor McCormick Kayleigh McCormick is the daughter of Terri and Bob McCormick and the sister of Maddie McCormick, Class of 2019. Kayleigh is a ten year girl. A passionate and engaged political activist, Kayleigh’s global awareness and her dedication to the causes in which she believes have characterized her high school years. Proud of her Thai heritage, Kayleigh attended protests against the Thai government in New York and Los Angeles. Closer to home, Kayleigh attended the Women’s March and protested to save the Affordable Care Act. For her senior project, Kayleigh drew on her passions, exploring the question “Why protest?” through words and pictures. Kayleigh embodies Holton’s vision statement, leading a life of positive influence and modeling the moral courage we seek to instill. A world traveler, Kayleigh loved her Global Education trips to Madrid and Peru; both strengthened her identity as someone at home in many cultures. Kayleigh is a talented seamstress, participating in PUNCH for four years and designing several lines, the most memorable of which included a Taylor Swift-inspired light-up dress! In fact, she sewed the dress she wears today in homage to her Thai roots. We will miss Kayleigh’s humor, honesty, and style as she goes out to change the world. Kayleigh will attend the University of Toronto.


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Mary Claire Medeiros is the daughter of Luis and Cara Medeiros. She is a 10 year girl. Blessed with an ear for music and a strong backhand, Mary Claire has been a member of handbells since 7th grade and a member of the Varsity Tennis team throughout Upper School, serving as captain in both junior and senior years. Mary Claire is especially proud that her team won the ISL championship in both her freshman and senior years. She is thankful to her coach, Yann, who taught her how to be both a good leader and team player. Outside of Holton, Mary Claire is an accomplished equestrian who has been competing with her horses since she was six. In 2015, Mary Claire was not only the Maryland Junior Hunter Champion, earning 1st place honors for the second time, but also the 6th place finisher in the Mid-Atlantic World Champion Hunter Rider competition. Mary Claire graduates with High Honors and will attend Georgia Institute of Technology where she will study Environmental Engineering.


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Charlotte Anne Yanqiu Miller is the daughter of Annette Miller. Charlotte Anne’s keen interest in scientific inquiry led her to participate last summer in a science research project at the National Cancer Institute at NIH, where she studied brain cancer. Her stellar contribution to this laboratory earned her an invitation to return for her senior project focusing on targeting radiation to brain tumors. For the last seven years, Charlotte Anne has given back to her community by volunteering at a food bank in Alexandria where she helps needy clients fill out the paperwork necessary in order to qualify for free groceries. She treasures the connections she has made with these clients as well as with fellow volunteers. Charlotte Anne’s favorite extracurricular activity at Holton was managing the basketball team for the last three years. A dedicated musician, she has played handbells since third grade and this year served as president of the Handbell Choir. Charlotte Anne’s independence, tenacity, and wonderful sense of humor make her a shining example of “all that’s finest.” Charlotte Anne graduates with Highest Honors and will attend the University of Virginia.


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Emma Manning Morrison is the daughter of Patrick and Ann Morrison. Emma’s love of travel led her to participate in the Junior Journey to India, a trip she found inspirational, as well as to serve as a youth counselor and teach English in Malta during her sophomore year. Emma’s community service also took her outside Washington to Appalachia, where she served for four summers building and repairing houses in impoverished areas with the Appalachia Service Project. Emma is active in her church youth group and acts as a representative on the church’s governing board. Intellectually curious and ever enthusiastic, Emma has especially enjoyed AP Core, Art History and Government. A dedicated athlete, Emma played Varsity Volleyball all four years of Upper School. She also managed the basketball team her junior and senior years. For her senior project Emma worked as an intern in the Public Affairs and Congressional Relations Office of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. She graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Davidson College.


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Samantha Louise Noland is the daughter of Lynn Sokolski and Bentley Noland. Samantha has been involved in a theater production at Holton or Landon every season since Middle School, including memorable leading roles in Scapin and Stage Door. She has been a four year member of Improv, and Coffeehouse also provided an annual venue for her creative endeavors. Outside of Holton, Samantha acted, produced her original work, and volunteered in a program for children with disabilities at Imagination Stage. Samantha has been in Chamber Singers since 10th grade and served as president of Jewish Culture Club. Samantha has also maintained a blog full of recipes, advice, and tales of her adventures in search of food which is gluten free and vegan. In the academic realm, Samantha connected deeply with her teachers and the subject matter, especially AP Core and AP Art History. Reflecting on her Holton experience, she values “the feeling that I can do anything and speak my mind.” Samantha graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Performing and Media Arts.


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Annika Altpeter Nordquist, a 10-year girl, is the daughter of Nels and DJ Nordquist, sister of Britt, Class of 2024, and niece of Silvy Brookby and Ingrid Houghton, classes of 1990 and 1994, respectively. A leader in intellectual conversation both in and outside the classroom, Annika has both grit and determination, and is unafraid to express her views, challenge authority, and push against obstacles. Her life at Holton has been rich: she loves Latin, history, and writing for Scribbler. Additionally, she is dedicated to fencing and debate, competing at both at the national level and holding school leadership positions: she started Holton’s debate team and co-captained the Landon fencing team. Annika values her Christian faith as her life’s vital foundation, as expressed through her love of singing and her desire to serve others, through her summer mission trip to Romania and work with inner-city children. She is tremendously grateful to her family for their loving and steadfast support. Annika graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Stanford University.


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Sadie Ann O’Connor is the daughter of Michael and Cheryl O’Connor and sister of Kelly O’Connor,

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lass of 2019. Sadie has been involved in a wide variety of activities at Holton. She enjoys photography, and served as Photo Editor of Scribbler. She played JV soccer and JV lacrosse, for which she was the co-captain her junior year. Her experience in forensics has led her to consider a career in criminal justice. Last summer, she participated in a program for Law and Crime Scene Investigation in Virginia. Sadie loves to travel and went to India on a Junior Journey. For her senior project, she combined travel with classmate Mary Clare Onufer with her interest in art history to write a most unusual research paper. Together, they traveled to the Los Angeles area to experience the researched works of art in person. Sadie also loves animals, and her passion to protect them spurred her involvement as co-Vice President of the Animal Rights Club her junior and senior year. Sadie graduates with Honors and will attend The University of South Carolina.



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Rachel Jane Olick-Gibson is the daughter of John Gibson and Karen Olick. Rachel is a person who challenges herself, inside the classroom and beyond. She is a Global Scholar, who researched gender equality in Cuba with Jen Klein, a Georgetown Law professor. Her passion for justice and change led her to volunteer her time in the political campaigns of Kathleen Matthews for Congress, and Hillary for America. She is a veteran of PUNCH, where Rachel was forced to find a way to create a dress — or sew one. With her good friend Parker, Rachel was also the founder of the Think Pink Club, which raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research with a junior/senior flag football match. Rachel ran track for four years and served as co-captain, and she takes pride in the tangible results of her training and perseverance. Finally, Rachel is a writer who is indebted to the Holton faculty, especially to Ms. Salata, for helping her find within herself the power and magic of words. Rachel graduates with High Honors and will attend the Washington University in St. Louis.


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Mary Clare Onufer is the daughter of Andrew Onufer and Virginia Hume Onufer, Class of 1983. Her sister, Helen, is a member of the Class of 2019. From the moment Mary Clare arrived in ninth grade, she has been a spirited member of the White Team. As rep in 9th and 10th grades, assistant captain junior year, and captain senior year, she often sported a white tutu, face paint and silver tights. She played soccer for three years; lacrosse and ice hockey for four. She joined the It’s Academic team as a senior, and competed as the team’s fourth member. In addition to participating in the Junior Journey to Peru, M.C. was a regular juror for Montgomery County’s Teen Court Division. As an intern last summer for Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, she knocked on more than a thousand doors in Virginia’s 10th congressional district. She was a member of Young Republicans as an underclassman and served as co-president this year. After the election, she urged her friends to come together. She wrote: “Left wing or right wing, we are still attached to the same bird.” Mary Clare graduates with High Honors and will attend Vanderbilt University.


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Acacia Victoria Overstreet is the daughter of Jamahl Woodford and Olfa Ruth Overstreet. Acacia has been involved in a variety of school activities, many of which reflect her interest in social, global and environmental issues. She served as president of the Black Student Union, Model United Nations, and PUNCH, and as co-captain of the Crew Team. As President of MUN and Secretary General of Holton’s own Model UN conference, Acacia sent the proceeds from their annual fundraiser to Kakenya Center for Excelleance whose goal is to empower young girls. Under her leadership, BSU joined forces with Young Democrats, Young Republicans and Spectrum so that the groups together could discuss a range of difficult issues. Her course work in AP Environmental Science and Economics changed Acacia’s view of the world and has led her to consider ways to combine these fields of study in college. Acacia graduates as a Global Scholar with Highest Honors. She will attend The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Cecilia Harrison Parker is the daughter of Sara and John Parker. She came to Holton in grade 10, and jumped right into the drama world, participating in 8 Holton and Landon shows including The Crucible and Twelfth Night. She also served as secretary and president of Drama Club. She was a three year member of Chorus, and traveled to Italy for the 2015 Concert Tour. She joined Chamber Singers her senior year. Cecilia has also devoted much time to serving the community, volunteering for 8 years at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization committed to supporting those with Type 1 diabetes. She also contributes to the Washington Humane Alliance, and participated in their annual fundraiser, Fashion for Paws. She spent her last two summers working as a counselor at Clara Barton Camp, a sleepaway camp for girls with juvenile diabetes. Cecilia is a Global Scholar and for her senior project, she traveled to Tel Aviv to intern at the Gesher Theatre. She graduates with Honors and will be attending the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.


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Victoria Alexandra Copeland Powell is the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Powell. She is a ten year girl. Victoria’s interests are many. She served as a peer counselor and she played field hockey. She is also a Global Scholar who went on an immersion trip to Spain and the Junior Journey to Peru. As a French horn player in the Band and a member of Chorus, she values music as an expression of joy and a respite from a busy academic schedule. A pivotal moment for Victoria came when she volunteered at River School with children who are hard of hearing. That experience has inspired her to pursue Speech Pathology in college and to work with the hearing impaired. Victoria wants to express gratitude to all her teachers for preparing her well for the future, for imparting their love for learning, and for encouraging her not to give up even when things got tough. She will remember them with fondness long after leaving Holton. Victoria graduates with Highest Honors and will be attending the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar.


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Ashvika Chibber Rao is the daughter of Beni Chibber Rao and Ravi Rao and sister of Aashna Chibber Rao, Class of 2012. She is a ten year girl. She has pursued her passion for swimming since the age of 9, when she began competing seriously on multiple teams. For the past six years, Ashvika has coached the younger swimmers on her summer swim team. In 9th grade Ashvika joined the Holton swim team and, with the support of the incredible coaches, has dedicated herself to the breast stroke, butterfly, and IM events. Ashvika also has a great love of singing. She performed in the Lower, Middle and Upper School Choruses over the last eight years and in grade 10, earned a spot in Swing Choir. This year at Coffeehouse, she performed an original arrangement of songs in Hindi with her classmate Raeva Sayed. Ashvika graduates with Highest Honors and will be attending Boston University.


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Raeva Arshad Sayed is the daughter of Arshad and Mubina Sayed. Raeva has served the community at Holton in many ways: President of Chamber Singers, Vice President of the Young Entrepreneurs Club, Captain of Varsity Volleyball, Coxswain for Crew, HARP leader, and one of our most active and dedicated peer counselors. The freshmen flocked to Raeva! Raeva showed her entrepreneurial power when she built a home theater from scratch, created personalized handmade gifts as well as planned events such as a wedding party. As part of her independent global education, she created a website to collect donations for a school in the slums of Mumbai. While at Holton Raeva valued the relationships she has built, the supportive environment at Holton and the incredible education. Raeva especially wants to thank her sisters and parents for supporting her. For her senior project, Raeva developed an app to help people move to vegetarianism in order to reduce the negative impacts of agribusiness on the environment. Raeva graduates with Honors and will attend New York University.


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Emily Chiemi Shiroma, is the daughter of Akira and Josie Shiroma and sister of Annalise, class of 2019. She is a ten-year girl. Emily contributed to many areas of Holton life, always demonstrating what a thoughtful and committed young woman she is. She played varsity volleyball for 4 years and was elected captain in her senior year. In addition to her academic and athletic pursuits, Emily enjoyed working on diversity issues. She traveled to multiple national diversity student events culminating in a program which presented diversity issues to students, faculty, and the administration at Holton-Arms. For her community service, Emily volunteered at the Latino Student Fund to help students improve their reading, writing, and mathematics skills. She also served as a peer counselor for two years. Emily is excited to start the next chapter of her education. She will attend Santa Clara University in Northern California.


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Taylor Amani Simpson is the daughter of Lisa and George Simpson and the sister of Avery, class of 2023. A four year member of SAC, she was inducted into Boosters in 10th grade. Taylor was also one of the co-founders of the Think-Pink Club which sponsored the Powder Puff game at Landon to raise funds for Breast Cancer awareness. For her Community Service, Taylor volunteered at the Green Tree Shelter working with young children, teaching yoga classes and organizing activities. Her dedication to helping others was demonstrated by her volunteer work at SOME (So Others Might Eat) where she prepared and served food to the homeless and the hungry. Taylor values most her involvement in Global Education. In grade 10, Taylor traveled with Holton on the Spanish Immersion trip and then to Peru on her Junior Journey. As she reflects on her years at Holton, Taylor appreciates those teachers who’ve guided her throughout her years and those who’ve encouraged her independence (particularly in her senior year); she is fully aware that support was and will always be there when needed. Taylor will attend Spelman College.


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Shea Mairead Sion is the daughter of Lisa and Roger Sion and the sister of Avery Sion, class of 2021. Inducted into the International Thespians Honor Society as a freshman, Shea’s memorable roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Reverend Parris in The Crucible. She has also contributed significantly behind the scenes as a technician and designer. Shea is also a poet, and has multiple awards from Scholastic Writing competitions to her name. She served as president of the Culinary Club, Asia Club, and Scroll. She is a self-taught digital artist and has worked as an intern with Writopia Labs in DC to help develop other teenage writers. She has shared several of her plays and podcasts at Holton’s Coffeehouse. Shea graduates with Honors and will attend Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences.


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Ariana Nicole Soltany is the daughter of Susan Soltany and Mark Soltany and the sister of Katerina, Class of 2018. Ariana is a gifted athlete and artist, and has played on Holton’s JV and Varsity tennis teams throughout her high school career, serving as captain in 9th and 10th grades. She also assisted the coach with his summer tennis camp. Ariana was elected to HAA in her senior year. Ariana took on a Ceramics major as a senior after two years of taking the minor because she wanted more time to grow as an artist. Ariana also served as Vice President of her Senior Class. Outside of school, Ariana applied this level of passion to caring for others. She has volunteered with many organizations dedicated to children and completed an internship with Hopecam, a nonprofit that helps pediatric cancer patients stay connected to their schools. Ariana graduates with Honors and will attend Tulane University.


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Skyler Sorini is the daughter of Marc and Patti Sorini and sister of Maya, class of 2014. Skyler’s cheerfulness and dedication have characterized her leadership as a four-year member and president of Orchesis and co-president of the Happiness Club. An active member of her church youth group, Skyler’s favorite community service project was repairing homes in a work camp in Mescalero, New Mexico. Skyler’s close relationships with friends and teachers are her most cherished memories of her time at Holton. Last summer at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Skyler pursued her love of science as she measured stress in mice in the science research internship program. During her presentation last September, Skyler reflected that she learned the importance of finding joy in whatever you do and having a good work ethic as the most important take-aways of the summer. Fondly known for shedding more than her share of tears, we have no doubt that she will cry tears of joy as she graduates with Highest Honors. Skyler will attend the Oxford College of Emory University.


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Alexandra Whitney Steelman is the daughter of Ted and Andy Steelman. Fueled by her competitive and adventurous nature, Alex tried several sports in high school, participating in eight seasons in four years. Alex played varsity soccer her junior and senior years, training on the field and in the studio with the same coach. Dedicated to the fine arts, Alex majored in Drawing and Painting two years in a row and took her eye for design to the next level as Editor in Chief of Scribe. Her interest in craft and craftsmanship led her to build a cedar stripped canoe for her senior project. Alex will be remembered by her classmates for her humor, watermelon eating capabilities, and commitment to all things for which she has a passion. Alex graduates with Highest Honors and will attend Cornell University as a civil engineering major.



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Victoria Thede is the daughter of Elizabeth and David Thede. She is a ten-year girl. Always eager to engage in a good intellectual discussion, Victoria participated in a travel debate team for several years. She combined the skills learned in that forum with a passion for writing developed in Ms. Spak’s and Ms. Scherbel’s English classes and produced outstanding opinion pieces for Scribbler. She credits Dr. Wilson’s Core and Art History classes with helping her realize that she wants to study political philosophy in college and hopes to become a civil liberties litigator. Having also enjoyed her classes in math and science, especially Biology with Mrs. Craig, Victoria co-founded the 3D Printing and Computer Programming Club with Sarah Greisdorf in her freshmen year to try to close the confidence gap between men and women in STEM. Through this popular and active club, Victoria has left the legacy of having introduced hundreds of students to coding. Victoria graduates with Highest Honors and will attend the University of Michigan.


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Phoebe Alexandra West is the daughter of Natalie and Eric West. Phoebe came to Holton in grade 9 and has proven to be a young woman of many talents. Phoebe enjoyed the volleyball and tennis programs, but then turned her attention to community work. As Community Service Club President, she organized local projects and joined with the Girl Up Club to help young women around the world. For four years, she served on a youth philanthropy board for the Charles E Smith Life Communities and at school, she worked at the Panther Pantry for three, rising to the position of store manager. These activities have sparked her interest in business which she plans to study in college. Phoebe believes that her Junior Journey to India was also a formative life experience. At Holton, she has loved her history and English classes where she learned to write with confidence and delve into global topics important to her. Phoebe graduates as a Global Scholar. She will be attending Tulane University, but first will travel abroad to Rome in the fall with other Tulane students.