In September, Moffly Media publishes their 'Top Teens to Watch' issue in Stamford; Greenwich; New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton; and Westport, Weston & Wilton Magazines. Students who live in each town are selected based on their outstanding achievements, intelligence, and passion.
This year, four King students were selected and the editors at Moffly Media write, "They are smart, ambitious and dedicated to making a difference in their schools, our community and the world. None of them have taken their intellectual prowess or athletic abilities for granted. Each has proven to be resilient in the face of disappointment and adversity, turning setbacks into teachable moments."
Congratulations to Samantha Berman '21, Ronald Harvey '22, Christine Jansen '21, and Olivia Sheridan '20.
Samantha Berman '21 (Greenwich): What's the toughest challenge you have faced? "Learning how to plan and coordinate large scale projects has been a huge challenge. Planning the King Climate Strike, Women's March trip, and working on the Tom Main Liberal Arts Fellowship have all been crazy experiences, and I've learned so much about communication and preparation. Also, balancing academics and my mental well-being. I've learned that it isn't possible to function at your best if you don't take care of yourself."
Ronald Harvey '22 (Stamford): What role can teens take now? "Teens need to be bolder. As we near adulthood, we have to free ourselves from the protection that childhood comes with and accept the responsibility of being more adult-like as early as we can. That way, teens will be prepared for any challenges that lie ahead. So we need to be more self-reliant and unafraid to speak our minds, even to adults."
Christine Jansen '21 (Westport, Weston & Wilton): What have you learned from classes in leadership? "I learned that there is not just one definition of a leader, and there are many aspects to becoming a successful leader. These classes have inspired me to want to study psychology in college."
Olivia Sheridan '20 (New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton): My most special life experience was when "I worked my internship at Yale University School of Medicine, which I got through the [King School] ASPIRE program. ... I was able to design the new system and get the gene editing to work, something that had not been done by others in my lab."