Open World Learning Celebration of Excellence

 Ella Amadou-Connell

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Ella Amadou-Connell

College: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Major: BFA with an Emphasis in Writing

  • Merit Scholarship at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Young Artists Council
  • Saint Paul Youth Commission
  • Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Appreciate all the times you're bored now because they won't last.

 Athena Bolton-Steiner

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Athena Bolton-Steiner

College: University of Minnesota - Duluth
Major: Business

  • Honor Roll
  • Theater: actor, director and stage manager
  • Outward Bound Service Group participant
  • Captain of Varsity girls soccer team

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
The saying that got me through high school: Strive for progress, not perfection. The most you can ask of yourself is that this time is going to be better than last time. You can't obtain perfection but there is always room to grow.

 Theo Leifheit

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Theo Leifheit

College: Northland College
Major: Natural Resources

  • Full Northland Academic Scholarship
  • Outward Bound
  • Volunteering at Shriners Hospital
  • Service Student of the Month

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Learn how to fail. By that I mean learn how to be able to fix your problems after not being able to do it the first time.
 

 Fiona Shyne

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Fiona Shyne

College: Union College (New York)
Major: Computer Science

  • Robotics Team Captain
  • National History Day Participant
  • Marshall-Brennan Moot Court
  • Girl Scouts

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman? 
My advice is to not let fear get in the way of what you want to do. Dess in her song the Crow say "You land badly, you crash standing" when talking about fear. This means that facing your fears can be challenging, but in the end you can get through it.

 Jaime Upton

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Jaime Upton

College: University of Minnesota - Duluth
Major: Musical Theater

  • Theater
  • Choir President
  • Kurt Hahn Leader
  • Outward Bound

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman? 
Try to be on top of your work, but don't forget that taking care of yourself is more important! It will get harder as you go on, so take things at your own pace and ask for help when you feel stuck or need support. You're still a kid, have fun like one!