Profiles

Fiona '17

Fiona '17
Day Student
Danbury, Connecticut
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Why Westover?

“I chose Westover because of its sense of community. I felt so comfortable and at home here. When I first came in, everyone was so friendly and nice.”

Sports:

Outdoor Program (freshman year), Swimming (sophomore year)

Positions & Activities:

  • First Head of Dorcas (2015-2016) (a junior year Community Service program)
  • Participating in the Performance Emphasis Program in Technical Theatre:
    First Head of Technical Theater (2016-2017)
    Third Head of Technical Theater (2015-2016)
  • Participated in six shows over her first three years, working in sound and lighting
  • Halo Award Nomination for Best Sound Design for Amadeus (Fall 2015 production)

Community Service:

  • Dorcas Fair (2016)
  • Apple Picking for the Connecticut Food Bank
  • Danbury Hospital volunteer (outside community service) Summer 2016

What do you feel like you get from Westover’s program?

“From Outdoor, I learned a lot about what physical strengths I didn’t know I had. From the Technical Theatre Program I have learned so much about basic skills that people should know: how to use a drill and which drill to use, how to use a saw. And I discovered that participating in theatre is similar to playing sports: you form a tight-knit group with your fellow techies and on opening night of the show you get a rush that is similar to what happens when you have a game.

As for being First Head of Dorcas, I learned about management and fundraising, about how to work with my peers and how to get projects done. We gained experience by talking with businesses and by working with faculty on planning and scheduling work for Dorcas.”

Favorite Westover Memory:

“Taking part in any tradition at Westover, from the Candlelight Service to the Lantern Ceremony, because we gather together as a whole community and they become such special moments.”

Favorite Class:

“A History class called East Meets West with Christopher Sweeney. We learned so much about the Greeks and Persians at the beginning of recorded history.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Try out anything, get out of your comfort zone. Know that even if you don’t succeed when you do go out of your comfort zone that there will still be people there to support you.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

Support

Gabbie '18

Gabbie '18
Day Student
Watertown, Connecticut
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Why Westover?

“I first came to Westover to continue the legacy of my sister Zulie [Class of 2016], but when I arrived I fell in love with the School. The environment here is really family-like, which I like, and very accepting.”

Sports:

Varsity soccer (sophomore year), JV soccer (freshman year), Varsity basketball, Varsity softball

Activities:

WALSA (Westover African Latina Student Association)

Community Service:

  • Rwandan Cultural Immersion and Service Trip in June 2015
  • Also participated with a community service program with a church group in the Dominican Republic in 2016

Favorite Westover Memory:

“Taking part in the Lantern Ceremony at the end of my freshman year, because it showed me how much we as a School are like a big family.”

Favorite Class:

“Chemistry, because I’m good at it and Jana Dunbar is a really good teacher.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Don’t be scared because once you are here after a few days you will feel really connected in the School and everyone will be welcoming.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

Family

Jovial '17

Jovial '17
Boarder
Kigali, Rwanda
Learn more about the Rasin Center for Global Justice

Why Westover?

“Because I wanted to go to a school where I would feel comfortable being myself, and I wanted a small community where my voice could be heard.”

Sports:

Varsity volleyball, JV softball, JV basketball manager

Positions & Activities:

  • First Head of School 2016-2017
  • First Head of Wests
  • WALSA (Westover African Latina Student Association), Gospel Choir

Community Service:

  • Dorcas Fair
  • Rwandan Cultural Immersion and Service Trip in June 2015
  • Interfaith Ministries (Waterbury) community service (made sandwiches and served food)

What do you feel like you get from being a student leader?

“Being West Head taught me to work with different people and taught me how to be patient. Through that experience, I learned how to be a leader and the need to put others first.”

What’s your favorite Westover memory?

“That’s a very hard question. I think one of my favorite experiences overall was managing junior varsity basketball, because everyone on the team had such good spirit, everyone got along well, and the coaches were great.”

What’s your favorite class?

“It’s not really one class, but having Laura Swarz-Burt as a History teacher. She is a really good teacher and always has a way of making a class interesting.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“As you might expect, it’s not always easy when you first arrive, but try to be more involved in activities and with other students. Never be too shy to ask someone a question or talk to someone, because we are all here for one another. By doing that, you make friends and learn new things. That’s how you become integrated into the community. Besides, Westover people are amazing!”

One word to describe Westover?

Opportunity

Athulya '19

Athulya '19
Boarder
North Las Vegas, Nevada
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Why Westover?

“I really like the environment here. When I came here with my parents we realized it was the best fit for me. . It really felt like home. The academic opportunities, the extracurricular programs, the Rasin Center for Global Justice, the sports offered – it had everything I was interested in so it was a perfect fit.”

Sports:

Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Softball, technical crew-member for winter musical production of Rent

Activities

  • Glee Club member
  • Amnesty International letter writing
  • private drum lessons

Community Service:

  • Apple picking and volunteering for the Connecticut Food Bank
  • Save the Children Foundation
  • Penguin Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics
  • Relay for Life

Signature Programs:

Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

“I really enjoy WISE. I hope to study Genetics and Biology in college, but I am also interested in Computer Science.”

What do you feel like you get from Westover’s program?

“For my WISE elective, I was able to take Robotics. It was the coolest thing to put a brain on a metal thing and get it to move around.”

“Volleyball is my main sport. I have been playing volleyball for four or five years, but I have never played softball before. I went to the open tryouts and ended up making the Varsity team. I hope to stick to it so I will get better as a player. Meanwhile, my volleyball coach, Kendra Galusha, is trying to figure out if I can play in a club volleyball program. I appreciate it that the Athletics program here is flexible and that you can talk to Tiz Mulligan, our Athletic Director, to see if you work with them to accommodate your academics.”

“Working as a techie on Rent was amazing. I never thought I would ever be ‘into’ musicals, but it was a beautiful production and I got a chance to learn new skills. I ran the spotlights for the show. It’s exciting to watch everything unfold and see how the technical side fits into what is happening on stage.”

Favorite Westover Memory:

“In the early days of the fall term, Zulie Dunn [a member of the Class of 2016] came into my room and said, ‘I heard you are killing it out on the volleyball courts.’ For an upperclassman to go out of her way to do that meant a lot. I knew right off the bat I made the right decision coming hear.”

Favorite Class:

“By far, English with Tom Juvan. The seating arrangement in his class has everyone looking at each other. And the fact that we can be on a first-name basis with so many of the teachers – all of it makes it more comfortable to share your ideas in class.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Don’t freak out about your being on a first-name basis with so many teachers. My family is from a very conservative social background, so I was not used to it. But now, I am comfortable walking into conference and call a teacher by their first name.It helps you break down walls and barriers, and you are able to connect with a teacher better.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

Community

Ibukun '17

Ibukun '17
Boarder
Bronx, NY
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Why Westover?

“After middle school, I was looking for a school where I could gain confidence and Westover just seemed to be the right place for me.”

Sports:

JV Field Hockey, JV Softball, Fitness and Weight Training

Positions & Activities:

  • Head Proctor, 2016-2017
  • Proctor, 2015-2016
  • Westover African Latina Student Association

Community Service:

  • Dorcas Fair
  • Roadside trash pickup
  • Connecticut Food Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity project

Signature Programs:

Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

Invest in Girls (IIG)

What do you feel like you get from Westover’s program?

“Being a Proctor has helped me realize the power of conversation. I learn unexpected things about people. Before, I tended to look at people and make a decision about them without really knowing them. Being a proctor has taught me to wait longer before I make a decision about people.”

Favorite Westover Memory:

“I enjoyed being on corridor as a proctor with my freshmen and the bonds I formed with them.”

Favorite Class:

“My WISE and history classes. WISE has helped me identify careers I may want to pursue. I never took history classes until I came here, so they have given me a whole new set of experiences.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Although it may seem hard transitioning to boarding school, everyone in the older classes have been through it, so you shouldn’t think that you are alone. There are always faculty and fellow students who are there to help you.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

Change