Graduation is still weeks away, but Wakefield Country Day School Seniors are already engaging in their futures. With AP exams finished, senior theses presented, and projects completed, the final weeks of a WCDS student’s career are spent immersed in an internship designed to help each student take the next steps.
With the World’s Fair happening in Dubai in 2020, three WCDS seniors worked with Pavilion 2020, the USA’s Pavilion, titled “What Moves You.” It features highlights of American culture, leading technological revolutions, and will showcase the innovation, creativity and diversity that define the United States. WCDS seniors added their mark. “An eye-opening experience,” admits Rachel Cieplak, UConn ‘23, “seeing the complexities of international relations at work.”
A love of the environment and an interest in wildlife preservation led two WCDS seniors to the enigmatic Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal for the week. “Understanding the differing ecological management styles and working with other interns from Ireland and India have made me extremely enthusiastic to start college in the fall,” says Jill Chiu, UC Davis ’23.
Closer to home, a pair of budding artists helped beautify the campus with a mural featuring the beloved WCDS Owl mascot, Leonidas. “Leaving my mark on the school, especially for the youngest students to enjoy every day, is extremely satisfying,” says Maggie Hou, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University ’23.
And exploring fields they have already decided to study at university, other seniors worked with physicians in physical therapy and art therapy, and with IT personnel on artificial intelligence and data collection. “Learning from Google analytics and being able to predict trends to reduce bounce rates to our website are quite useful,” says Kevin He, Villanova ’23.
Claiming another year of 100% college acceptances to some of the country’s best universities and colleges, WCDS students continue to drive the future, creating policy and providing hope for that future.